NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - You have to sit in line and pay to get your emissions tested once a year. Officials say that wait could be even longer due to staffing shortages. If you're due in the next few months, don't expect just to cruise through. In fact, in Davidson county, you could sit for over an hour.

"They're having trouble keeping their staff full," one Nashville driver said while waiting in line.

Recently, they had to close their two mobile sites when people were moving to Nashville in droves.

"That's probably going to be a mess for the workers too because people will be frustrated, and that's really too bad," Jennifer Atagi said. "And then for everybody that has to wait, that's going to take a lot of time out of their day."

It's a problem that's happening statewide. The Metro Health Department, which oversees the Nashville testing sites, said they're doing their best to recruit. They're even offering signing bonuses and increased pay.

"Even with that, there's a training learning curve that's involved before those folks can test on their own," Bureau of Environmental Health ServicesDirector Hugh Atkins said.

Metro Health officials said you should try coming in the middle of the week, early in the morning, or at the beginning of the month to get the emissions test. Know that your emissions test is good for 30 days, so even if you're due at the end of the month, you can still come at the beginning. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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