Do I need a Smog certification?
The DMV will mail your registration renewal notice and it will indicate if your car needs to be smogged. If you are required to do the smog check and you do not do it, even if you have paid your registration fees, you will not receive your new registration or year sticker until the smog information has been received by the DMV.
Currently, smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel powered vehicles 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs, electric, natural gas powered vehicles over 14,000 lbs, motorcycles, trailers, or gasoline powered vehicles 1975 and older.
The vehicles that are registered in areas subject to the biennial smog certification program are required to submit evidence of a smog certification every other renewal period. Vehicles six or less model years old will pay an annual smog abatement fee for the first six registration years instead of being required to provide a biennial smog certification.
When you transfer a vehicle that is four or less model years old a smog certification is not required. The four or less model years old rule does not apply to diesel powered vehicles. A smog transfer fee will be collected from the new owner . When a vehicle is more than four model years old, a seller must provide evidence of a current smog certification except when one of the following occurs:
A biennial smog certification was submitted to DMV within 90 days prior to the vehicle transfer date.
Smog certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.
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