The following is only a partial representation of FAQs. For additional information regarding the smog check program, please refer to www.smogcheck.ca.gov or you may access the complete Smog Check FAQ in pdf format here:Bureau of Automotive Repair.
One of the most common questions received is, "How do I know if my vehicle is exempt from smog checks?"
Gas-powered vehicles 1976 model year and newer require a smog check with the following exceptions:
- Gas-powered vehicles 6 model years or newer are exempt from the Biennial Smog Check inspections.
- Gas-powered vehicles 4 model years or newer are exempt from the Change of Ownership Smog Check Inspection requirement.
Diesel-Powered vehicles 1998 model year and newer, 14,000lbs GVWR or less are subject to the Smog Check program beginning January 1, 2010.
- The gas-powered vehicle exceptions above do not apply to diesel-powered vehicles.
Other exemptions include the following:
- Two cylinder vehicles
- Electric vehicles
- Two-cycle powered vehicles, not including rotary engines
- Off-Highway vehicles
For additional information regarding smog check exemptions, as well as a handy chart in pdf format, please go to the Bureau of Automotive Repair website.