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The state of Illinois does not require all motor vehicles to pass a vehicle safety inspection. Only in the Chicago and St. Louis metro areas do vehicles have to pass biennial emissions tests. Many mechanics, seeking an automotive technician job, may consider becoming licensed to perform emissions inspections as an excellent way to build their resume; however, the state of Illinois does not require a mechanic to become certified in order to perform emissions tests.

Illinois motor vehicle inspector licensing

There is no licensing process for emissions inspectors in Illinois. Instead, any recognized automotive service technician employed by a full-service testing station can perform vehicle inspections. Some stations may be OBD-only testing stations, while others may perform exhaust and gas cap checks as well.

In order to gain experience as a vehicle inspector in the state of Illinois, a mechanic need only become employed by one of the repair facilities that offer testing.

Vehicle inspector salary

Getting the experience to perform emissions inspection through an Illinois testing facility can be a great way to build an automotive service technician career; but one of the things that many mechanics wish to know is how this experience may change their auto mechanic salary options. According to Salary Expert, the average annual salary for a smog technician in Illinois is $24,666.

Illinois vehicle inspection requirements

The detailed list of which zip codes are required to undergo emissions testing can be found online at the Illinois EPA website.

Most vehicles that are newer than 1996, are older than four years old, and are rated under 14,000 pounds, are required to undergo emissions tests. Testing is done every other year, starting when the vehicle is four years old.

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