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Illinois vehicle emissions testing resumes June 1

Motorist wait close to three hours for an emission test at the Illinois Air Team Vehicle Emissions Testing Station in Crystal Lake on May 31, 2016.
Motorist wait close to three hours for an emission test at the Illinois Air Team Vehicle Emissions Testing Station in Crystal Lake on May 31, 2016.

SPRINGFIELD – Vehicle emissions testing, on hold because of stay-at-home orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic, will resume Monday, state officials said.

The Environmental Protection Agency said that with a new phase of the state's COVID-19 recovery plan in place, all emissions testing stations will be open except for those in Waukegan and Markham. Those two sites have become COVID-19 testing drive-thru sites.

Safety precautions are in place. To reduce traffic volume and wait times, EPA said that motorists with vehicle registration expiration dates of March or earlier should visit a station during June. Those with later expiration dates should wait. EPA has granted a grace period of at least 90 days from the expiration date.

Officials also said that those who are uneasy about venturing out because of the pandemic may wait to have their cars tested. And those 65 or older or who are other wise at high risk should appear for testing the first hour of each day. Weekdays, testing begins at 8 a.m.; on Saturday, it starts at 7:30 a.m.

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