Inspection and Emission

Your vehicle must meet Virginia's emissions inspection requirements if it is garaged in one of the localities listed below:

  • Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, or Stafford
  • Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas or Manassas Park

Inspections are valid for two years and may be obtained by having your vehicle inspected either by:

  • Driving past a RAPIDPASS on-road emissions testing site. RAPIDPASS is an on-road emissions
  • test completed in less than a second as a vehicle is driven past RAPIDPASS roadside equipment. To learn more, visit
  • Visiting a certified emissions inspection station.
Your DMV vehicle record will be updated automatically when you have your vehicle inspected using either method. Results of the inspection are usually transmitted to DMV within 24 hours. No vehicle subject to an emissions inspection will be registered or reregistered by DMV until it has passed an emissions inspection or has been issued an emissions inspection waiver due to repair costs that exceed a repair cost threshold.

How do I know I if my engine needs immediate service?

When it comes to your check engine light, here at Arlington Auto Repair Service, our auto repair and service specialists know check engine light codes and diagnoses. So when your check engine light is flashing, make sure you contact our center immediately and know that your car will receive the best care, all at the right price! We’ll scan your Car computer for codes and let you know exactly what type of problem you’re facing. If the problem needs further diagnosis or repair, we’ll tell you exactly how much it’s going to cost. In many cases the actual repair won’t be all that involved; sometimes it can be as simple as tightening the gas cap!
  • Your check engine light in on
  • Your check engine light is flashing
  • Any other dashboard lights start to glow or blink