Michigan Smog Check / Emissions Test
The State of Michigan does not have any vehicle emissions test requirements. The state has been in the process of battling federal regulators over the air quality in the Western part of the state and in an area near Detroit for many years.
Michigan administered its vehicle emissions testing program throughout portions of the Detroit Metro area, but ended it in 1995. The state had plans to begin testing for Western Michigan in the late 90’s. The state even constructed several testing facilities in the region, but struck a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to postpone the program.
Air quality in Detroit, Michigan continues to rank below the rest of the state. In light of that fact, the City of Detroit continues to look for ways to improve its airshed. The City of Detroit partners with the private sector to create its own air-quality standards, encourages carpooling amongst its residents, and restricts the use of small engines.
Incentives for Eco – Friendly Driving in Michigan
Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in Michigan, there are many reasons that Michigan vehicle owners may want to consider maintaining their vehicles emissions control systems besides the protecting the environment. Also, the State of Michigan usually requires vehicles to pass a safety inspection when getting a vehicle registered. Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) do not have to pass a safety inspection in order to get a vehicle registration. If a Michigan-registered AFV falls under one of these categories, it is exempt from having to pass a safety inspection:
- Electric cars
- Compressed natural gas
- Diesel fuel
Tax Deductions for Eco-Friendly Drivers in Michigan
The State of Michigan does not offer any tax credits or tax deductions for driving “eco-friendly” or “green” vehicles. However, with the recent tax overhaul bill that passed at the end of 2017 in the U.S Congress, the U.S. Federal Government decided to keep its $7500 Alternative Fuel Vehicle tax deduction. Vehicle owners can receive federal tax credits for the following types of alternative vehicles:
- Electric cars
- Plug-in Hybrids
- Alternative fuel vehicles
Also, some insurance companies provide rate discounts for vehicle owners who drive “green” or “eco-friendly” vehicles and who practice environmentally – friendly driving habits. An insurance carrier may provide as much as a 10% discount. These discounts include:
- Hybrid vehicle discounts
- Alternative fuel discounts
- Economy vehicle discounts
- Low-mileage discounts
- Pay as you drive discounts
Contact your insurance provider for further details.
How to Reduce Driving Emissions & Pollution
Pollution kills upwards of 200,000 people every year in the U.S. vehicle emissions test programs help but are not always enough. The state of Michigan provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of Michigan alerts residents of air quality incidents, there are several actions residents can take to protect themselves, their families, and the environment:
- Stay indoors when possible
- Start a rideshare or carpool for work
- Work remotely or from home
- Adjust your thermostat up in the summer; down in the winter
- Use public transportation
- Ride a bike or walk more often
- Refuel your vehicle during cooler times of the day
- Don’t use lawn mowers and other gas-powered equipment
- Avoid the use of aerosol products, oil-based paints, and solvents.
- Do more with less trips; combine errands and schedule travel around multiple commitments
Find Smog Check Stations Near Me
Even though Michigan drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, Michigan-registered drivers can get a voluntary smog check done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in Michigan pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.