There are certain situations where individuals may be exempt from the Motor Vehicle Emissions test.

Unfortunately, many Marylanders are subject to serious traffic citations when they fail to comply with the obligation to have Motor Vehicle Emission Testing done in a timely manner. There are, however, certain categories of exemptions from this requirement.

Who is eligible to receive a waiver?

Three types of waivers are available: the senior citizen emissions waiver,the disabled citizen emissions waiver and the repair waiver. The following criteria must be met:

Senior citizen emissions waiver

All owners listed on the vehicle’s registration card are 70 years of age or older; and,
The vehicle is driven less than 5,000 miles annually.

Note: If the vehicle is driven for a nonprofit organization and you are applying for a senior citizen emissions waiver, the mileage driven for the nonprofit organization can be deducted from the annual mileage with written verification on the organization’s letterhead.

2. Disabled citizen emissions waiver

All owners listed on the vehicle’s registration card meet the requirements of Maryland vehicle law for disabilities; and,
The vehicle has disability license plates (not a placard); and,
The vehicle is driven less than 5,000 miles annually.

Note: A waiver is only valid for the current VEIP testing cycle. At the end of the two-year testing cycle you will receive a new VEIP notification. You must re-apply for the waiver at that time. The MVA does not issue permanent waivers.

To apply for the senior citizen emissions waiver, you must complete the reverse side of the VEIP inspection form (form #EP-1) certifying that you meet the applicable set of criteria listed above. Then, mail the form to the MVA’s Glen Burnie branch office, or hand deliver it to any of the 18 VEIP stations located throughout Maryland.

3. Repair Waiver

A repair waiver is granted for a vehicle that did not pass the VEIP test and the owner attempted to fix the vehicle without success. For more information, see VEIP – Vehicle Did Not Pass.

Antique vehicles may be exempt. This information is available online by the MVA.

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