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 about DMV & Records
The California DMV practice tests are a series of tests prepared and offered to beginning and experienced drivers who want to obtain a California driver's license. The tests prepare an individual before getting a learner's permit or a driver's, motorcycle or commercial license. These give the prospective driver a preview of the actual written test administered by the DMV.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 >
California issues identification cards to any resident of the state, regardless of age. This card is used for identification purposes only and does not grant any driving privileges. To get an identification card, apply at the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and provide verification of identity and legal presence in the state.Full Answer >
The California DMV provides online driver's education classes that can be used to obtain a learner's permit. While the 30 hours of classroom instruction can be completed online, to obtain their permit, drivers must also complete six hours of behind-the-wheel professional driving instruction from an approved driving school.Full Answer >