Smog Spotter Program Aims to Curb Vehicle Emissions

State air quality officials work to educate the public on what they can do to report vehicles spewing pollution.

Smoking Vehicles

We’ve all seen it before—that car sputtering down the freeway or road with a cloud of black pollution spewing behind it.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding motorists this month that there’s something you can do if you spot a car that appears to be emitting too much pollution from its tailpipe. The DMV’s program, recently renamed “Smog Spotter,” provides Nevada residents the opportunity to submit anonymous reports. In 2011 and 2012, more than 20,000 reports were filed in Clark and Washoe counties. This year, DMV officials hope this number will grow considerably as they look to raise awareness of the program.

“A smoking vehicle isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for every Nevadan’s health as well,” said Laurie Vandebrake, DMV Manager for the Emissions Control Program. “Beyond adding a grey film over our skyline, vehicle emissions can cause cardiovascular disease, asthma or even lung cancer.”

Smog Spotters

Through the Smog Spotter program, residents can submit a smoking vehicle report online at or by phone at 844-END-SMOG. To report a smoking vehicle, the DMV needs the Nevada license plate number, make and type of vehicle, date and time of observation and the location where the vehicle was spotted.

According to Vandebrake, DMV officials will follow-up on reported vehicles that are registered in Nevada by sending a letter to the owner. The letter cites the importance of proper vehicle maintenance and engine tuning.

If law enforcement or DMV staff makes a report, the registered owner will be instructed to present the vehicle at a DMV Emissions Control Lab for inspection. Failure to comply can result in cancellation of the vehicle's registration or a hold on its renewal.

“The takeaway for all Nevadans is the Smog Spotter program is one way we’re working to keep our state’s air healthy, and there is something everyone can do to help,” Vandebrake added.


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Contact DMV Public Information with any questions:

David Fierro
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711
(775) 684-4779
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Kevin R. Malone
1399 American Pacific Dr.
Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 486-1311
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