Montana Smog Check / Emissions Test
The State of Montana does not have any vehicle emissions test requirements at this time because the state does not have any populated areas that the federal government classifies as “non-attainment” status for meeting the Clean Air Act’s air quality regulations.
Incentives for Eco – Friendly Driving in Montana
Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in Montana, there are many reasons that Montana vehicle owners may want to consider when maintaining their vehicles, besides the protecting the environment. For more information, contact a local DMV office to learn more about these incentives and how they can provide incentives for maintaining green driving habits.
Tax Deductions for Eco-Friendly Drivers in Montana
The State of Montana offers businesses and individuals an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Tax Credit when Montana businesses and residents convert their vehicles to run on alternative fuels. The following fuel conversions qualify for the AFV tax credit:
- Natural gas
- Liquefied natural gas (LPG).
- 85% ethanol, methanol, ether, or other alcohol fuel blends
The AFV Tax Credit provides up to a 50% deduction on all equipment and labor costs for conversion-related expenses, and specifically for:
- $500 for vehicles weighing less than 10,000 lbs
- $1,000 for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 lbs
The AFV Tax Credit is valid only during the year the business or resident converts the vehicle. Alternative fuel dealers are not eligible for the credit if they convert their own vehicles.
Also, 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
Some insurance companies provide rate discounts for vehicle owners who drive “green” or “eco-friendly” vehicles and who practice environmentally – friendly driving habits. Some insurance carriers may provide as much as a 10% discount. Contact your insurance provider for further details. These discounts include:
- Hybrid vehicle discounts
- Alternative fuel discounts
- Economy vehicle discounts
- Low-mileage discounts
- Pay as you drive discounts
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 Montana provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of Montana alerts residents of air quality incidents, there are several actions residents can take to protect themselves, their families, and 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 Montana drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, Montana-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in Montana pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.