In January 1996, the State of Ohio began a new vehicle emissions testing program, E-Check, designed to identify motor vehicles that emit excessive levels of pollutants into the air. Among the other emissions control options considered by the legislature, E-Check was the most cost-efficient measure to reduce the volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that form ground-level ozone, or smog. The program currently tests cars in 7 Ohio counties.

At the time it was implemented, E-Check used the I/M 240 test, a 240-second transient test during which a vehicle is driven on a dyne (treadmill) and its tailpipe emissions are measured. In 2000, the I/M 240 test was replaced with Acceleration Simulation Mode (ASM) 2525.  ASM 2525 is similar to I/M 240 but is designed to better simulate actual driving conditions. Testing programs, like E-Check, that employ one or more of these tests are referred to by US EPA as “enhanced” programs.

In January 2004, a new, federally mandated test known as On-Board Diagnostics (OBD II) was implemented. OBD II is required for newer vehicles, while ASM 2525 is still used for older vehicles. For more on OBD II, please visit FAQ.

The directions to the closes E-Check Location from Cuyahoga Falls License Bureau can be found HERE.