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Mayor Bowser Launches District’s First Self-Service Vehicle Emissions Test Kiosk

Friday, November 15, 2019
Residents Will Have 24/7 Access to Perform Vehicle Emissions Inspections

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the District’s first self-service kiosk that will allow District residents to perform their own vehicle emissions tests on a 24 hour, seven days a week basis.

“We know that government works best for our residents when it can deliver services effectively and conveniently,” said Mayor Bowser. “By allowing residents to come to this innovative, 24/7 kiosk and complete their vehicle emissions test on their own time, we’re making it easier for Washingtonians to juggle all of their responsibilities.”

Operated by the DC Department of Motor Vehicles, the on-board diagnostic (OBD) emissions kiosk is located at the Takoma Recreation Center on 300 Van Buren Street, NW. The ATM-style kiosk includes touch screen technology, an integrated VIN bar code scanner, step-by-step audio support, and other user-friendly features. The kiosk is available for vehicle model years 2005 and newer.

“Since the beginning of this year, more than 130,000 residents have completed their emissions inspection at the District’s one and only inspection station located in Southwest,” said DC DMV Director Gabriel Robinson. “Our new self-service OBD kiosk will offer most residents another alternative for completing their vehicle emissions.”

For vehicles that pass the self-inspection: (1) the kiosk will print a Vehicle Inspection Report and a temporary paper inspection certificate to be displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard; and (2) DC DMV will mail a two-year inspection sticker to vehicle owners. Residents with vehicles that fail the self-inspection will see a message on the OBD kiosk screen about the emissions failure, and the kiosk will print a Vehicle Inspection Report indicating the reason for the failed inspection.

A tutorial on this new technology will be coming soon.

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