The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is using a newly-designed postcard to remind vehicle owners that an emissions test is due. The postcard uses the bright, contrasting colors of white, red and black.

The DMV recently began sending out the small white cards that look similar to other mailings from the agency. It has black letters and shows a red box and banner that notes it’s time for a test, which is needed every two years. It replaces a yellow-and-black design used for the last two years.

In addition, some text on the post card has been revised to make test-related information easier to find and read.

“We think these brighter colors will get vehicle owners' attention about the due date and that can help them avoid late fees,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said.

Emissions test every 2 years

Emissions tests are required every two years on most vehicles. Those exempted are vehicles four-model-years-old or newer and those that are 25-years-old or older. The cost for an emissions test has remained at $20 since the program began in 1983.

Motorists also can sign up at for e-mail reminders about the need for an upcoming test.

For information on the state’s emissions testing program go to