Franklin County will no longer require vehicle emissions testing after July 1

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. — Beginning next month, anyone planning to register a vehicle in Franklin County will no longer be required to obtain an emissions test for their vehicle.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources officially announced the change Wednesday, which has been in the works for several years. In 2019, the department submitted a formal request to the US Environmental Protection Agency to end testing requirements in Franklin County.

Most counties in Show-Me State emissions requirebut the Missouri Air Conservation Commission passed an amendment to the state regulation in January 2022 that paved the way for Franklin County to end emissions testing.

“Documentation provided with the application demonstrates that the removal of requirements does not threaten air quality, particularly with respect to the federal outdoor air quality standard for ground-level ozone,” the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said in a press release Wednesday. “It also shows that Franklin County’s automotive air pollution will continue to decrease even in the absence of emissions testing requirements.

Department heads will reach out to Franklin County emission test stations and partner agencies to ensure residents are aware of the new exemption. The county will continue to require people to pass an emissions test if they want to register their vehicles before July 1.

According to the department, ground-level ozone concentrations in the St. Louis area have steadily declined over the past 20 years, allowing some counties to eliminate emissions requirements.

“We are pleased to announce the elimination of this regulatory burden on vehicle owners in Franklin County,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Department of Natural Resources. “We will continue to explore and pursue ways to remove burdens on our citizens where doing so does not jeopardize the environmental improvements we are achieving.”

This liberation comes after the other recent change in Missouri’s response to safety inspections. Beginning August 2019, vehicles within the first ten years of the model year will not require emissions testing if they have logged less than 150,000 miles on their odometer.

“Today’s announcement brings relief to citizens and working families in Franklin County that will save them time and put money in their pockets,” Gov. Mike Parson said. “Missouri will continue our balanced approach to protecting our environment and natural resources without overburdening our businesses and citizens.”

Emission testing requirements remain in place for vehicles registered in several nearby counties, including Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis County and St. Louis City. For the latest emission measures in the St. Louis area, click here. Franklin County will no longer require vehicle emissions testing after July 1

Nate Jones

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