Importing a car into California with Northeast emissions
Category: Sports and Recreation > Automotive
Asked by: grammatoncleric-ga
List Price: $20.00
14 Mar 2006 02:24 PST
Expires: 13 Apr 2006 03:24 PDT
Question ID: 707080
Now that the Northeastern states are adopting California emissions standards for motor vehicles (and providing for the fact that states, according to the Federal Clean Air Act of 1991, can either comply with the federal standards or the prior more-stringent California standards), if a car I want to buy is "Northeast emissions certified," will I be able to import it into California? My dilemma is that a specific vehicle I want is specified as NE emissions certified (being sold in New England), but I'm unsure as to whether it will be legal in California even if the car's emissions stanards live up to California's standards de facto - I'm basically worried that the sticker inside the engine which specifies compliance with Northeast standards will not satisfy the DMV bureaucrat who reviews my car upon its importation into California. Does the car have to have a 'California' sticker or will a 'Northeast' sticker suffice? Are the stickers even different? Etc. Etc. Note, this car has fewer than 7500 miles, so it is considered a new car (which is why I'm facing this dilemma - if it had more than 7500 miles, I could import it without question). Authoritative research to back up your answer is required, for instance, by calling various state agencies in California, etc.
Re: Importing a car into California with Northeast emissions
Answered By: hummer-ga on 14 Mar 2006 07:25 PST
Hi grammatoncleric, There are only two types of stickers that certify that a car is good to go in California and both of them will have the word "California" in the text of the sticker. One is "50 State/California Certified" and the other is "California Certified". "Federally Certified" means for 49 states only and "Northeast emissions certified" doesn't mean much and it sounds as though someone may be trying to put something over on you. Check the Underhood Label For Certification Information: "To find out whether a car or truck is California certified, check the emission control label under the hood in the engine compartment. If the vehicle is "California certified," this label will state that the vehicle conforms to California regulations or that it is legal for sale in California. If a vehicle is "federally certified," the label will state that the vehicle conforms to U.S. EPA regulations, no mention will be made of meeting California requirements." http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/NonCAVeh/NonCAVeh.pdf You can see samples of the labels here: CA DMV Check the Label "To find out whether a car or truck is California Certified, check the emission label under the hood. For a motorcycle check the headset or frame. The label should read that the vehicle conforms to California regulations, or that it is legal for sale in California." http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr29.htm CA DMV How To Register A Nonresident Vehicle NOTE: California law prohibits importing and/or registering a new vehicle (one with less than 7,500 miles at the time of purchase) unless it meets or is exempt from California Emission standards. If you acquire a 49 state vehicle (vehicle manufactured for all states except California) from another state or country and do not qualify for one of the exemptions, you cannot register your vehicle and must immediately remove it from this state." http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr9.htm NY, VT, ME and MA are currently the only four states which meet California Rules Section 177 emissions requirements. Section 177 States Vehicle Emissions Control Requirements Status on California Rules Adoption New York, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts http://www.epa.gov/otaq/cert/ststatus.pdf Additional Link of Interest: Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Automotive Repair Smog Check Program http://22.214.171.124/stdpage.asp?Body=/smogcheck/default.htm I was glad to find this for you. If you have any questions, please post a clarification request and wait for me to respond before closing/rating my answer. Thank you, hummer Google Search Terms Used: 50 state vehicles california "California-certified" sticker glossary vehicle cross border out of state
Re: Importing a car into California with Northeast emissions
From: joe916-ga on 14 Mar 2006 08:13 PST
I think this will help you a lot. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/reg_hdbk_pdf/ch21.pdf from the year 2005 Handbook of Registration Procedures Chapter 21 in part it states 21.010 Prohibited Transactions (H&SC §§43150 through 43156) Only new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engines certified by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to meet California?s stringent emission standards and test procedures can to be used and/or registered in California. By law, no person who is a resident of, or who operates an established place of business within this state shall import, deliver, purchase, rent, lease, acquire, or receive a new motor vehicle, new motor vehicle engine, or motor vehicle with a new motor vehicle engine, for use and registration, or resale within this state unless such motor vehicle engine or motor vehicle has been certified to comply with existing California emission standards. No person shall attempt to assist in any such action. 21.015 Emission Control Standards Used Vehicles-Used vehicles are defined as vehicles with 7,500 or more odometer miles. A smog certification is acceptable as evidence of compliance. New Vehicles-For emission control purposes, California law defines a new vehicle, other than a direct import, as a vehicle having less than 7,500 odometer miles. This applies to all motorcycles, including a direct import. These vehicles must be factory-equipped with an emission system approved by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and have a California Emission Control Label affixed by the manufacturer. The compliance certification on the Application for Registration of New Vehicle (REG 397) indicates the vehicle meets this requirement. A smog certification is required on original applications that are not reported on a REG 397. AND IT STATE A LITTLE LATER Vehicles That Meet U.S. EPA and California Emission Standards (50-state vehicles) and Are So Labeled-These vehicles meet federal and California emission and safety standards and may be registered regardless of odometer mileage. 49-State Vehicle- These vehicles meet U.S. EPA emission requirements and are so labeled. These vehicles cannot be registered to a California resident who acquired or purchased the vehicle with less than 7500 odometer miles unless the owner qualifies for an exemption, as explained in the Exemptions portion of this section. ---------------------- FOR YOUR VEHICLE I THINK THE KEY FROM THE ABOVE IS "These vehicles must be factory-equipped with an emission system"
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