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Old 05-17-2007, 05:57 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U The 'Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Smog' Thread

"Do I Really Need A Smog Check?"

Not all vehicles must get a Smog Check. Additionally, some vehicles only need a 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.

Some vehicles are exempt from the Smog Check program

Legislation enacted during 2004 made several changes in motor vehicle Smog Check exemptions that will become effective next year. Following is a summary of the revised exemptions and the effective date of each change:

Beginning January 1, 2005, vehicles 6 or less model-years old are exempt from the biennial Smog Check inspection requirement. For vehicles with registration renewals due in the 2006 calendar year, this exemption includes model-years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Beginning January 1, 2005, vehicles 4 or less model-years old are exempt from the Smog Check inspection requirement upon change of ownership and transfer of title transactions with DMV. In 2006, this exemption includes model-years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.


Beginning April 1, 2005, the 30-year rolling exemption has been repealed. Instead, vehicles 1975 model-year and older will be exempt. Therefore, 1976 model-year and newer vehicles will continue to be subject to biennial inspection indefinitely.

Beginning April 1, 2005, vehicles being initially registered in California that were previously registered in another state are exempt if the vehicle is a 1975 and older model-year vehicle. Newer vehicles, the first 6 model years, are not exempted upon initial registration in California. These vehicles are required to undergo a Smog Check Inspection.

Vehicle Exemptions

Yes, I need a Smog Check

Change of Ownership Areas vs. Basic and Enhanced Areas
Most areas of the state require vehicles to have a Smog Check performed every two years, when being sold, and when being initially registered in California. These areas are referred to as the state's Basic and Enhanced Areas. However, Change of Ownership Areas only require a Smog Check when the vehicle is being sold or initially registered in California. You can determine the Smog Check area you are in by calling the Department of Consumer Affairs/Bureau of Automotive Repair toll-free at 1-800-952-5210 or by checking the ZIP Code Locator on this website.

Yes, I need a Smog Check

How do I know if my vehicle needs a Smog Check?
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will note on your DMV Renewal Notice whether a Smog Check is required to reregister your vehicle. In addition, an information insert explaining the Smog Check Program requirements should be included in that mailing.

No Smog Check required on sales within immediate family
Section 4000.1 (d)(2) of the California Vehicle Code exempts from the change of ownership Smog Check requirement vehicles being sold or transferred between certain family members, such as parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, or spouses.

Smog Check Consumer Assistance Program
The Consumer Assistance Program is available at participating Gold Shield stations for motorists who need assistance (up to $500) in repairing a vehicle when it fails a biennial (every other year) Smog Check. Click here to learn more about the Consumer Assistance Program and to obtain an application, or visit us a www.smogcheck.ca.gov.
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:59 PM   #2
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And no, your catless pos from Indiana will NOT pass CA smog.

If you want to pass smog, put it back to stock.

And, don't mod your car unless you're prepared to be busted and sent to the State Referee.

So yeah, post about smog here.
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:59 PM   #3
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"Do I Really Need A Smog Check?"

Beginning January 1, 2005, vehicles 4 or less model-years old are exempt from the Smog Check inspection requirement upon change of ownership and transfer of title transactions with DMV. In 2006, this exemption includes model-years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Can you put that one in bold, please.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:01 PM   #4
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Also, the exemption is 6 years from model year, so, if your WRX is a 2002, you won't have to smog it until 2008.

Unless, of course, you bring it in from out of state, then you have to smog it right now.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:02 PM   #5
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Can you put that one in bold, please.
Bold, AND pink, just for you, thweetie.
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Bold, AND pink, just for you, thweetie.
Wrong one. I meant the transfer of title one. 4 model years.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:05 PM   #7
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:06 PM   #8
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Somehow I knew this thread was coming
should make this into a sticky
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:07 PM   #9
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Somehow I knew this thread was coming
should make this into a sticky
I was hoping you'd show up!
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:08 PM   #10
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Also remember that in Cali it's the SELLER'S responsibility to have a car pass smog if they are selling it. Meaning, if you sell a car, you have to get it smogged. If it doesn't pass, YOU have to fix it, NOT the buyer. If you buy a car and smogged it yourself, and it didn't pass, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FIX IT. The transfer into your name isn't complete until the car passes smog, which the seller is responsible for.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:09 PM   #11
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should make this into a sticky
AGREED!!!!!111!1
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:11 PM   #12
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Also remember that in Cali it's the SELLER'S responsibility to have a car pass smog if they are selling it. Meaning, if you sell a car, you have to get it smogged. If it doesn't pass, YOU have to fix it, NOT the buyer. If you buy a car and smogged it yourself, and it didn't pass, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FIX IT. The transfer into your name isn't complete until the car passes smog, which the seller is responsible for.
Good point, a lot of people forget this one.

If you sell your modded car, it's your problem if it doesn't pass smog.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:14 PM   #13
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It sucks that they repealed the 30 year rolling rule.

Of course, I know why they did it.
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I was hoping you'd show up!
I was getting tired of trying to answer the same ole questions over and over i'll help out if it gets out of line again but im pretty much done.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:21 PM   #15
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I was getting tired of trying to answer the same ole questions over and over i'll help out if it gets out of line again but im pretty much done.
Well, that's the point of this thread, maybe people will come here before asking stupid questions.




Yeah Right
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I'll be merging threads with this one, just like I do with the exhaust ticket thread.
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:23 PM   #17
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Also, the exemption is 6 years from model year, so, if your WRX is a 2002, you won't have to smog it until 2008.

Unless, of course, you bring it in from out of state, then you have to smog it right now.
Also, in case it's not clear from above, when you buy a car out of state and register it here NOT ONLY do you have to smog it then, but you also have to smog it every two years no matter what model year it is; ie it eliminates the exemption.

So my 2005 9-2x now gets smogged this year and in 2009 instead of having the blanket exemption until 2011.

It's a pain but swapping downpipes is easy.

I think we should add some other stuff to this like:

- comprehensive list of CARB-legal mods
- what mods you can likely get away with (black turbo inlet, aftermarket IC, bigger turbo, reflash, etc.)
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I'll be merging threads with this one, just like I do with the exhaust ticket thread.
Just as long as my first post stays the first post
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You're crazy with that angry face today. I will be merging from now on. So yes, yours will stay number one. Kind of the point, don't ya think?
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You're crazy with that angry face today. I will be merging from now on. So yes, yours will stay number one. Kind of the point, don't ya think?
Aaaah, from NOW on.

Check


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Lets keep this sticky on topic, people.
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That's a good boy.
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That's a good boy.
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:33 PM   #24
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Bump, just to spite Markadopolopolopoloplous!
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Bump, just to spite Markadopolopolopoloplous!
So... It's a battle of the stickies, huh?


It's on!
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