How does a vehicle qualify for an extension?
Motorists attempting to make major repairs to a vehicle at the time of initial registration or registration renewal may apply for a six-month extension. However, a temporary tag may be your only option depending on your situation. Keep repair orders, parts orders, receipts, and other evidence that a vehicle is undergoing repairs at the time of registration or registration renewal. This documentation must be submitted along with a completed Ohio E-Check Exemption/Extension Application and a copy of the vehicle registration or title.
Motorists with a vehicle registered in Ohio, but temporarily located out-of-state and not in another state's emissions testing area may be eligible for a six-month extension. A completed Ohio E-Check Exemption/Extension Application and a copy of the vehicle registration must be submitted to Ohio EPA. Click here for out-of-state testing options.
There may be other circumstances under which you may qualify for a six-month extension. If you have questions, contact the Mobile Sources Section at (614) 644-3059.
Motorists may be eligible for a six-month hardship extension for vehicles that fail the Ohio E-Check test if the household's income falls within the income guidelines. To qualify for a hardship extension, the motorist must provide a completed Hardship Extension Application, a failed E-Check test, a written estimate for emission-related vehicle repairs, including diagnostic fees, in the amount of $75 or more, and meet the income guidelines below:
- 1 person up to $21,870
- 2 persons up to $29,580
- 3 persons up to $37,290
- 4 persons up to $45,000
- 5 persons up to $52,710
- 6 persons up to $60,420
- 7 persons up to $68,130
- 8 persons up to $75,840
For households with more than eight members, add $5,610 for each individual member.
Tax dependent college students who are absent from the household solely because of college attendance must be included on your application for the determination of eligibility and may not apply as separate households. Household income is defined as the gross income of all household members, except wage or salary income earned by dependent minors under 18 years of age. Head of household and spouse may never be considered as minors. Gross income includes wages, interest, annuities, pensions, social security retirement, disability, public assistance, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), alimony, spousal support, child support, unemployment benefits, workers' compensation and any other indirect income such as utility allowances.
Owners of vehicles failing for gas cap only do not qualify for an extension and the gas cap must be repaired or replaced. The hardship extension is available one time per vehicle.