Hardship Waiver Request

Hardship Waiver Application

Hardship waivers may be granted to vehicle owners with annual income below an established threshold that are unable to complete the repairs necessary to obtain a passing emission test. If granted, the waiver is only valid until the next regular emission test due date for the vehicle. The vehicle owner will receive an emission test notice for the next due date and must comply with the emission test requirement. Or, make repairs and qualify for a repair waiver.

Please fill in the application below and email it along with required documentation to: aqb@emissiontest.org or mail to:


700 NE 2nd Street, Suite 200

Meridian, ID 83642

Required Documentation:

  • Hardship Waiver Application (download form below, fill out, and return),

  • A recent failed emission test,

  • Documents that provide sufficient proof of income. These may include:

    1. A recent tax return for the vehicle owner

    2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits current eligibility

    3. Social Security disability benefit documentation

    4. Any other combination of documents that conclusively establishes current income.

Income thresholds are based on the SNAP income eligibility levels provided at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website.

Applicants must have income below the established threshold to be eligible for a hardship waiver. Hardship waivers are awarded or denied at the sole discretion of the Air Quality Board.

Hardship Waiver Application New Address.pdf