Martin's Automotive is a certified Inspection Facility for the WI Vehicle Inspection Program.



When are Emission Tests Required? (Taken from the WI DOT Site - click here to read more)


Before registration renewal. 

Vehicles require an emissions test every other year before license plate renewal, beginning in the third year following the vehicle's model year. (For example, model year 2008 vehicles first require a test in 2011.) Renewal notices will indicate if a test is due (see sample renewal notice).


The vehicle must pass the emissions test before registration renewal. Failure to pass the test prevents issuance of the annual plate sticker, which makes the vehicle illegal to operate after the registration (plate) expires. If you mailed your renewal without the passing the emissions test, take your vehicle to one of the test stations. DMV will automatically receive the successful test information and issue the registration and sticker. Your registration and stickers should arrive within a week to 10 days.


A test is not required if the vehicle passed a test within 180 days of the registration expiration date. You can check whether your vehicle is due for a test within the next 180 days by entering your license plate on WisDOT's plate inquiry application. If the inquiry result page includes the statement "IM test is needed," your vehicle is due for a test ("IM" = Inspection Maintenance). You do not need a renewal notice or letter from WisDOT in order to have your vehicle tested. Simply visit the emissions inspection location and bring one of the following with you:

  • Certificate of registration

  • Wisconsin title

  • Prior inspection report

  • Letter from the Department

  • Substitute Renewal Notice/Non-operation Statement MV2016 


After transfer of ownership.


After registering in WI.