According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, as of June 2014, hybrid automobiles, gasoline-powered cars from 1975 or older, electric cars, natural-gas-powered cars, trailers, motorcycles and diesel-powered cars from 1997 or older are exempt from smog testing. All other vehicles are required to undergo smog inspections.Know More
In the case of a natural-gas-powered vehicle, it must have a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds or more in order for it to be exempt. GVWR is also a factor in the exemption of diesel-powered vehicles. Those diesel automobiles that have a GVWR of 14,000 pounds or more are exempt even if they are newer than the blanket diesel exemption for 1997 model year cars or older.
Any transfer in ownership of a vehicle requires a valid smog certification unless the vehicle involved is less than four model years old. This rule applies to any vehicle, with the exception of those powered by diesel. In the instances that this rule is applicable, the new owner does not require a new smog certification but must pay a smog renewal fee to the state. In cases when the vehicle is more than four model years old, the seller must provide the buyer with a valid smog certificate.Learn More
Department of Motor Vehicles offices in California have been closed on Saturdays since 2008. The DMV offices in Bakersfield, Daly City, Fresno, Los Angeles, Modesto, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Stockton were formerly open on the third Saturday of each month.Full Answer >
As of 2012, there were more than 27.7 million total vehicles registered in California. California has the highest total number of registered vehicles in the country, with more than 7 million more vehicles than the Texas, which has the second most.Full Answer >
To get a California driver record printout from the DMV online, simply visit the California DMV website, register and request your driver record, then pay online. You need access to the Internet and your personal information in order to register. You also need a bank account, a debit card or a major credit card.Full Answer >
To make an appointment to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, visit their website and click on the button that says you want an office visit or a driving test. Fill out the information required on the next page and click on the Submit button to complete the reservation.Full Answer >