Print Smog Check Coupon
Print Smog Check Coupon
Anyone who owns a car should know that a smog check should be done regularly to ensure that the car is functioning properly and that the emissions do not exceed the maximum rate. In fact, this check is so important, that by law, it is a requirement for car owners.
This is beneficial to both the car and the environment because the test checks if the car needs repair and to make sure damage done to the air quality is minimal. Getting a regular smog check if you don’t own a hybrid, electric, or natural gas powered car* is one way to be responsible in managing one’s carbon footprint while avoiding any accidents that come with defective cars.
A smog test is done by a technician who attaches a device to the tail pipe while the car is on neutral gear and when revved up. A measurement is captured by the device which indicates if the car is emitting less than the required maximum. When a car fails a smog check, repairs should be made accordingly until the emissions reach a reasonable rate.
Other tests are done during the smog check. The technician will even make sure that all connections (pipes, computer, muffler, et al) are secure for the car and in order.
Different states have varied requirements when it comes to smog check requirements. Usually annual or biannual checks are done. It is best to find out when exactly to have the smog test done in your state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Although it may be a big hassle to car owners, it is an easy trade off when you have the convenience of owning a car.
Not all vehicles must get a smog check. Additionally, some vehicles only need a passing smog check when they are being sold or being registered in California after previously being registered in another state. Whether or not a vehicle needs a smog check depends on the type of vehicle, the model-year, and the area in which the vehicle is registered.
Under California vehicle emissions control laws and regulations, you must get a smog check for your car in the following cases. Click the link that fits your case to move to the next step.
1) My Registration Renewal Notice says “Smog Certification Required”
Most vehicles registered in California are required to pass a smog check every two years. Your annual Registration Renewal Notice lets you know when you need to get a smog check.
2) I am selling my car
When you sell a vehicle in California, the seller is responsible for getting a smog certificate prior to completing the sale.
3) I am bringing a car into California to be registered.
When you bring a vehicle into California to be registered, you are required to get a smog certificate prior to registration.
Some vehicles are not required to obtain a smog check inspection for registration purposes.
Vehicles that are six or less model-years old are abated from the biennial smog check inspection requirement. For vehicles with registration renewals due in the 2008 calendar year, the abated years include 2003 through 2008.
Vehicles that are four or less model-years old are abated from the smog check inspection requirement upon change of ownership and transfer of title transactions with the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2008, the abated years are 2005 through 2008.
As of April 1, 2005, the 30 year rolling exemption was repealed. 1976 and newer vehicles are now required to have smog check inspections for biennial registration renewals, change of ownership transactions and initial registration in California.
Vehicles being initially registered in California that were previously registered in another state are exempt from the biennial smog check inspection requirements if the vehicle is a 1975 or older model. All 1976 to current year vehicles are required to obtain a smog check certificate of compliance prior to initial registration in California.