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Do I need a smog check every year in CA?

Do I need a smog check every year in CA?

A Smog Check is required every other year (biennially) as part of the vehicle registration process. A Smog Check is also required when a vehicle changes ownership or when it is registered for the first time in California.

What does biennial smog mean?

For counties requiring a smog inspection, the CA Department of Motor Vehicles employs a biennial smog certification program. This means that your qualifying vehicle must undergo a smog check every two years. Your registration renewal reminder should indicate whether it’s time for your smog inspection.

Can I get a smog check without renewal notice California?

You can get a smog check without having your DMV renewal notice. The smog technician needs your vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) in order to record the inspection results and upload them to the DMV.

Is California smog every 2 years?

The California Smog Check Program requires vehicles that were manufactured in 1976 or later to participate in the biennial (every two years) smog check program in participating counties.

How many times can you take a smog test in California?

How Often Do I Need a Smog Test? In California, most counties require mandatory smog checks every two years. If you drive a vehicle that’s six years old or less, you’ve gotten lucky. You won’t need your car emissions test until it reaches six years of age.

Can I get an extension on my smog check in California?

Eligible low income vehicle owners may receive a one time two year extension to complete necessary emissions related repairs. This program is designed to allow Income Eligible applicants ample time to repair their smog failing vehicles.

Does a 1981 car need smog in California?

Currently, California emissions laws mandate all 35- to 40-year-old vehicles leave their 35- to 40-year-old smog device technology in place. 1239 endorses the fact that pre-1981 vehicles are overwhelmingly well maintained and infrequently driven (a fraction of the miles a newer car travels each year).