How to Pass an eCheck

E-Check is an Ohio-based program put in place to identify vehicles that emit too many pollutants into the atmosphere. The program, as of 2011, tests vehicles in seven Ohio counties. All vehicles 25 years old and newer that weigh less than 10,000 pounds must be tested every two years. Vehicle models of even-numbered years test on even-numbered years and odd year models on odd-numbered years; for example: a 2008 vehicle is tested in 2010, 2012, 2014 and so on while a 2009 model is tested in 2011, 2013 and so on. Increase your chance of passing the E-Check by making sure your vehicle is in working order.

  • Test your emissions control equipment in your vehicle prior to taking the E-Check test. If it is not working properly you will not pass the test. Getting it fixed before the test is the only way to ensure you will pass that portion of the E-Check.

  • Schedule and go to all required maintenance appointments. This includes oil changes, tire rotations and filter changes. Regular maintenance keeps your car in better working order, increasing your chance of passing your E-Check.

  • Check your gas level and make sure you have a gas cap. Ohio E-Check legislators recommend not filling up your gas tank too much. When you are pumping gas and the pump stops to inform you the tank is full, do not attempt to add just a little more gas into your fuel tank.

  • Check your lights and other vehicle features. Your vehicle must have operating tail lights, brake lights, doors and windows. You must not have any drive train noise, driving problems or leaks.