Air Pollution Control Requirements
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Dealers are required to provide a smog Certificate for all vehicles before a vehicle being offered for sale, including:
- Gas-powered 1976 and newer model-year vehicles
- Diesel-powered 1998 and newer model-year vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 14,000 pounds or less
Smog Exempt Vehicles
Smog Certificates are not required for vehicles:
- Four (4) years old or newer*
- Sold to other licensed Dealers
- Sold at dealer-only auctions
*The DMV regulations say “When you transfer a vehicle that is four or less model years old, a Smog Certificate is not required. Determine the oldest-qualifying year model by subtracting three from the current year”
For example, 2023 – 3 = a 2020 (or newer) vehicle is smog exempt during 2023.
Maximum Smog Fees
Dealers are allowed to charge $50 for the smog test plus the actual fees charged for Certificates. Smog Certificates obtained by dealers remain valid for the sale of a vehicle for up to two years.
Dealers that sell a vehicle before satisfying the smog inspection requirements are subject to the following administrative actions.
- A suspension or revocation of their Dealer License and substantial fines ranging from $15 to $750 per violation
- Additional fines for each day the dealer is noncompliant with the Air Resources Board (ARB) requirements
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