Question: Don’t we have a website for reporting smoking vehicles in California? Do you happen to
have any idea what that might be?
Answer: Help Fight Smog! Use these telephone numbers to report smog-belching vehicles in your area.
Los Angeles/Orange counties: (800) CUT SMOG (288-7664)
San Diego: (800) 28-SMOKE (287-6653)
San Francisco Bay Area: (800) EXHAUST (394-2878)
San Joaquin Valley (Bakersfield to Stockton): (800) 559-9247
Ventura County: (800) 559-SMOG (7664)
Areas not listed: (800) 952-5588 (State Air Resources Board (ARB) hotline.)
800 numbers to report polluters are not controlled by BAR or Smog Check; they are run by the
individual air pollution control districts in their respective areas. Please do not call the State
ARB number if you live in an area where there is a locally run hot-line.
Question (a): I have a 2005 Saturn Ion which I leased last year in New Jersey. I am planning on
living in CA and wonder if the 2005 Saturn Ion would pass the stricter emissions tests in CA. Also,
as it is a leased car, and requires additional work in order to pass the tests, would the leasing
company pay for this?
Question (b): I have a deposit down on a CT vehicle, it is a 2000 BMW M5. Is CT, in that year, just
as strict as CA. Will I likely pass? Help!
Question (c): I am buying a car out of Oregon and I am wondering if there is going to be any problem
with registering it in California as far as smog goes. The vehicle is a 1997 Toyota 4runner with
122,000 miles, I am unsure if it is a cal or federal smog.
Question (d): My wife is relocating to southern California for some schooling. I have heard that her
2003 Volkswagon Jetta will have to be put to California Smog regulations or pay a $600.00 fine. The car has not
been altered and always has passed Utah’s smog tests. We are planning on a quick trip to get the
smog test and inspection done this Saturday and register her car on Monday. We have an appointment
with the DMV since she needs a California drivers license as well. Is this a reasonable expectation
to get all of this done over the weekend?
Question (e): I will be moving to California within the next 6 - 18 months. I currently own a 2003
Chevrolet that I purchased outside of California. It is my understanding that the car will not
likely meet California emissions requirements. Can you point me to a resource that will help me
determine what I will need to do to the car to bring it up to code? I need to determine whehter to
sell it and simply purchase a new vehicle when I arrive.
Question (f): I am considering the purchase of a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo 4 cyl. 2.4, it is currently registered in Florida. It used to be a problem to bring a car in from out of state. But I thought that the manufacturers have all set the emmisions standards to meet California requirements. Is this the case? Would there be a problem?
Answer: It's true, there is a difference with California legal and Federal legal emission
requirements. And, for the most part California is stricter. However, a USED vehicle which has all
the Federal required emission components, can pass the California smog inspection process and be
legally registered in this state. It is true that California cars have different, and in some cases
more, emission components then Federal cars, but this does not mean that these cars can't be
registered in California. A vehicle which is equipped with the necessary Federal Emission Components
is eligible for California registration as long as the vehicle's exhaust emissions fall within
California's limits.Registration can not be completed with out a smog certificate and up to one
month's time can be given for completion after you move to the state. You're first step should be to
take the vehicle to a reputable smog station and obtain a California Smog Inspection. Your vehicle
should only require a regular smog check, which may be obtained at either a Test Only smog station
or Test & Repair. Next you will need to visit the DMV and present the vehicle title and smog
certificate to the DMV agent. They will then register the car. You will also have to show proof of
Question: I will be purchasing a car from California and will be exporting it to Canada. The current
owner has not been driving the car and the registration has expired on June the 8th. Do I need to
register and have the car go through a smog check for me to export it? I will be driving the car
back to Canada.
Answer: I'd recommend checking with Canadian government for importing requirements. You'll need to
pass the California smog check only if you plan on registering the vehicle in California. This rule
applies if your sending the vehicle out-of-state also, so I think it would be the same for
Question: I have gotten my car smogged already but have not paid my registration due to lack of funds, I
got my smog last month, is it still valid or do I have to re-smog?
Answer: A California smog certificate is valid for ONLY 90 days when used for registration renewal
purposes and 60 days for the use of sale. At this point I believe you'll need to obtain a new smog
check if you intend on selling this vehicle.
Question: I'm going to purchase a 2002 Toyota Prius from a private party. A few days ago, the seller said the car
needs a smog check, but yesterday said that no check is required. Which is it...smog check or no
smog check? Also, my husband drives a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid. What types of checks will be needed when it comes time to renew the registration?
Answer: Hybrid vehicles are required to have a smog check administered. To get this
information for your particular vehicle contact the DMV at (800) 777-0133.
Question: Hello, we're trying to find out what we have to do about getting our motorhome smogged. We just
bought it from someone in Wisconsin and didn't realize until after we bought it that they had taken
all of the Calif. smog parts off of it (it used to be registered in Ca.). What do we have to do to
it? It's a 454 Chevy engine in a 1985 motorhome.
Answer: You'll need to have this vehicle inspect by a smog station familiar with motor homes equipped
with Chevy engine's. Do to the many classification of this vehicle, it is important determine the
exact components this vehicle was shipped with. A smog check repair station will be able to advise