Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Verifications
If your vehicle has not been registered within the state of Colorado in the past, in addition to an emissions test, you must also obtain a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification prior to registering your vehicle. VIN Verifications may be obtained at any Air Care Colorado test center during your vehicle inspection. Simply let the inspector know that you need a VIN verifiaction as well as an inspection when you arrive. However, if you do not need an emissons inspection, do not drive into the testing lanes, request the verification at the station office. Fee is $20.
The following provide VIN verifications:
- Centralized Air Care Colorado emissions inspection centers.
- Independent emissions inspection stations in both the Enhanced and Basic emissions program areas.
- Licensed diesel emissions inspection stations.
- Some motor vehicle dealerships.
- Some County Clerk and Recorder offices.
- Some law enforcement agencies.
Important Note: Some county clerks and law enforcement agencies do not provide this service. Call ahead to make sure this service is available before going to a county clerk's office or law enforcement agency for a VIN verification. For more information on the VIN verification requirement, call the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles at 303-205-5603 or your county motor vehicle office.
If the vehicle you are bringing into the program area is brand new and has never been registered in any state, you do not need an emissions test. If the vehicle has never before been registered anywhere in the state of Colorado, you will need a VIN verification. Do not drive the vehicle into the testing lanes for a VIN verification; request a VIN verification at the office.