Air Pollution Control Requirements
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Dealers are required to provide a smog Certificate for all vehicles prior to 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 Certificates are not required for vehicles:
- Four (4) years old or newer*
- Sold to other licensed Dealers
- Sold at 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”
This could be confusing because 2020 minus 4, would make a 2016 exempt (it is not). By “model years”, a 2016 in 2020 is 5 model years old (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016) and would require a smog certificate.
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, up to two years.
Dealers that sell a vehicle prior to 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 to the Air Resources Board (ARB) requirements