What's the last year you don't have to smog a vehicle

While some states require mandatory emissions testing, others don't require them at all.

In California, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), new residents must bring their vehicles to a smog inspection station for a smog check before registering their vehicles, which must be completed within 20 days of establishing residency.

Once completed, vehicle will then be subject to the standard schedule of re-certification every 2 years.

California requires all vehicles to undergo a smog inspection EXCEPT:

  • Gasoline-powered vehicles model year 1975 and older.
  • Natural gas-powered vehicles weighing over 14,000 lbs. .
  • Diesel-powered vehicles that: Are model year 1997 and older or have a gross weight rating of over 14,000 lbs.
  • Electric vehicles.
  • Hybrid vehicles.
  • Motorcycles.
  • Trailers.

If your vehicle is 6 years old or less, you do not have to have your vehicle smog checked every 2 years. Instead, you'll pay an annual $20 smog abatement fee for your first 6 years of registration. After these first 6 years, you will be subject to the regular smog check program.

The smog abatement fee does not apply to:

  • Nonresident vehicles.
  • Diesel-powered vehicles model year 1998 and newer weighing under 14,000 lbs.
  • Specially constructed vehicles model year 1976 and newer.

These vehicles are still part of the biennial smog certification program and must be inspected every 2 years.

Tip! Check out EPA's ways to reduce air pollution that will help clean our air.

Thursday, July 02 2015