Chapter 2, Section H:
Emissions Test Requirements - Bernalillo County

Revised August 10, 2011

The information below has been provided by the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Vehicle Pollution Management Division (VPMD).

Additional information about the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County emissions testing program can be found online at or by phone to (505) 764-1110.

Emission Test Guide

  • 1977 and newer vehicles up to 10,000 lbs. GVWR must be tested every two years.
  • Change of Ownership
    A valid test certificate is required for registration. Vehicles tested within the past 90 days may receive a free retest at 1500 Broadway NE.
  • Commuter Vehicles
    Vehicles entering Albuquerque/Bernalillo County 60 or more days per year require a test.
  • Failed Test
    The inspection form will indicate the reasons for failure. Documented repair costs or estimates of $300 or more may be eligible for a time extension.
  • Free Retests
    Free retests are available following vehicle repair at 1500 Broadway NE from 8:00 to 4:30 Monday thru Friday.
  • Time extensions
    Time extensions for repair are not automatic. They are limited to one per vehicle for repairs exceeding $300. The vehicle, failed test, and repair receipts or estimate must be taken to the headquarters station to apply for a time extension.

Vehicle Pollution Management Division
Headquarters Retest Facility
1500 Broadway NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Driving directions: The Headquarters Retest Facility is located just south of the traffic light at Odelia (Indian School Rd). Take the Martin Luther King Jr. exit off I-25 into downtown, then right on Broadway and continue north past Lomas and Mountain to 1500 on east side

Exempt Vehicle Guide

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles
    that can only operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG) are exempt. Bi-fuel and flex-fuel (E-85 ethanol) vehicles require regular testing.
  • Diesel Vehicles
    are exempt until January 2013. Vehicles over 10,000 lbs. do not require a test or exemption, regardless of fuel type.
  • Hybrid-Electric Vehicles
    are exempt until January 2012.
  • Motorcycles
    do not require testing at this time.
  • Moved Out of County
    Federal law requires that vehicle owners requesting an exemption based on moving out of Bernalillo County must provide proof of physical residence. Vehicles that will continue to be used to commute into Albuquerque are not eligible for the exemption.
  • New Vehicles
    are exempt for four years or until change of ownership.
  • Out of State
    due to military, student, or temporary employment may be eligible for a waiver. Call VPMD or log on to the web site listed below for forms and instructions.
  • Weight
    Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) over 10,000 lbs. are exempt regardless of fuel type. Please do not send these vehicles to VPMD. Record or correct GVWR during VIN inspection in order to exempt vehicle by weight.

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Phone: (505) 764-1110