Ohio eCheck Emissions Testing Program

E-Check, administered by the Ohio EPA is now more convenient-with ChoicePlus, offering more testing sites in the seven-county E-Check testing area! TransColonial is one of 52 testing locations in addition to our 23 full service stations for more choices, more convenience.

There are also self-service kiosks at 16 E-Check stations that are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for do-it-yourself testing convenience.

IMPORTANT: You need to determine which testing station to take your vehicle based on the model year of your vehicle. Please reference this key

Did you know that you can get your vehicle tested up to 365 days prior to the registration renewal date?

Vehicles that should test well ahead of their registration expiration date are:

  • Those who winter outside of Ohio. Test before leaving for the winter season.

  • College students attending a school in Ohio that is not located in a testing county.

  • Vehicles that may need repairs or have a Service Engine Soon light on. Test early to allow plenty of time for repairs before your registration is due.

E-Check At A Glance

E-Check is a vital part of Ohio’s comprehensive air quality plan to reduce motor vehicle pollutants and enrich the quality of life for the region’s residents.

Why E-Check Works:

● Motor vehicles are the single greatest source of smog-causing pollution in Northeast Ohio—greater than all of Ohio’s steel mills, chemical and power plants combined.

● E-Check removes more than 74 tons of harmful vehicle emissions from the region’s air every single day—helping improve air quality, protect public health, safeguard the environment and support economic growth.

● Air pollutants from motor vehicles are linked to serious health problems including asthma, cancer and heart and lung disease. Children, seniors and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable.

● Changing the current E-Check system to dilute or eliminate its effectiveness would jeopardize the health of our environment, citizens and economy. Without the air quality benefits of E-Check, the harm to our air would be the equivalent of adding 400,000 cars to our roadways, or 15 new factories.

● If Ohio does not comply with increasingly demanding federal Clean Air Act mandates, we risk severe penalties including limits on construction grants, industrial expansion, job growth and the elimination of more than $900 million in federal highway funds.

To find out more about Ohio E-Check, visit www.ohioecheck.org today!

Preparing for an Inspection

Following these simple tips will help you breeze through the E-Check process.

General (All Tests)

1. The emissions control equipment for your vehicle must be intact and functioning. Vehicles missing a catalytic converter will be rejected from the emissions test if that model vehicle was originally equipped with a catalytic converter. Removing or tampering with emissions equipment may cause your vehicle to fail the test.

2. Follow recommended maintenance schedules for your vehicle. Read the owner’s manual and follow maintenance guidelines. Your vehicle will perform more efficiently, increasing its chances of passing the emissions test. Regular maintenance includes periodic oil and filter changes and tune-ups.

3. A gas cap is required equipment. It must be the correct type for your vehicle and be in place.

4. Do not overfill the gas tank. When you fill your tank, resist the impulse to get just a “little bit more” into the tank after the nozzle clicks off. The excess gasoline has nowhere to expand and may saturate a part of the emissions system.

5. Safety for E-Check inspectors and customers is of the utmost importance; therefore vehicles demonstrating any of the following will be turned away:

  • Brake light illumination issues
  • Drivability problems
  • Drive train noise
  • Fluid leaks
  • Inoperable doors or windows

On-Board Diagnostics (OBD II) Test

1. If the “Check Engine” light is illuminated, your vehicle will fail the test. Have your vehicle repaired before having it tested. TransColonial is a full service auto repair shop and a Licensed E-Check Repair Facility.

2. BMW Series 7 owners must provide accessibility to the OBD II computer by removing the cover plate prior to inspection. BMW dealers can provide this service. Ohio EPA regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

Tailpipe Test (Performed only at the 23 Full-Service Ohio E-Check Stations)

1. Vehicles should be warmed up before testing. Until your vehicle reaches normal operating temperature, it emits excess pollutants. Run your vehicle for at least 15 minutes prior to undergoing an emissions test. Vehicles that are not driven often may experience carbon build-up which may cause them to fail. For those vehicles that are not driven on a regular basis, or are driven only short distances at low speeds, be sure to warm them up for 15 to 30 minutes at highway speeds.

2. Vehicles with front-wheel drive should have the front suspension properly aligned. Poor front-end alignment will make the vehicle difficult to test on the dynamometer.

3. Make certain tires are properly inflated. Unevenly inflated, under-inflated or mismatched tires make the vehicle difficult to test on the dynamometer.

4. Make certain your brakes are in good condition. Poor brakes make the vehicle difficult to test on the dynamometer.

5. Ensure the integrity of your exhaust system. Excessive exhaust leaks may cause your vehicle to be rejected from the emissions test and may be dangerous to the vehicle’s occupants.

6. IMPORTANT! Please notify the certified inspector prior to starting the emissions test if your vehicle has traction control or all-wheel drive.