The Yearly Smog Test

Today was the day I had to have another smog test to have my truck registration renewed. It may be different here than in your state but you’ll never receive that tiny little sticker that goes on your license plate unless you pay for the smog test first. Once that is complete, this information is instantly sent up to Carson City, NV, our state capital.

It has always seemed a bit odd to me that the state capital is around 500 miles north of where most of the population of Nevada lives which is right here in Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding areas. The internet instantly makes that 500 miles zero miles of course but then why is Las Vegas not the capital city? Lansing is Michigan’s state capital, but it’s in a very populated area along the I-69 freeway which is a main artery of travel.

Carson City is close to Reno, Nevada which is in some ways a miniature Las Vegas. Again, I’ve never had any reason to drive or fly way up there, but if I ever do, I’ll fly since 500 miles is nothing to an RJ, or Regional Jet. Just a short hop. Anyway, here is the damage for this year’s smog test. The cost has dropped about $175 since last year.

  • Smog Test $26.00
  • State of Nevada Registration Fee $372.00
  • Total Cost $398.00

Isn’t this so lovely? Some of the roads around Las Vegas could be in better shape, come on Carson City!

2 thoughts on “The Yearly Smog Test

    • The smog test is a very good idea here since 2 million people live in a valley that is roughly 20 miles by thirty miles in diameter. Regardless, the smog is still fairly heavy and can be seen as the photos show. My home state of Michigan tried the smog test thing years ago, it didn’t last long there.

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