Getting Your Vehicle Smog Checked

Getting your car smog checked may seem like a formality, but it’s very important. Smog checks are required in most states (though not all), and for most vehicles (including all modern commercial cars). Failure to have your car smog checked can result in a pricy ticket, or even impoundment. 

The purpose of a smog check is to make sure that your vehicle is not causing excess pollution. It’s an environmental test, aimed at keeping vehicles that have excess emissions off the road. 
You usually need to have your vehicle smog checked every two years, and sometimes when the vehicle changes ownership. Thankfully, it’s a very easy process. 

Check to See if You Need Your Car Smog Checked 

If you’re not sure whether your vehicle needs to pass a smog test, you can check your state or county’s DMV website. If you can’t find the information there, simply give your local DMV office a call, and they’ll be able to give you all the information you need.

You may be alerted in the mail that your car requires a smog check. If this is the case, your notice will likely come from the DMV when they bill you for your registration.

Schedule a Smog Check 

If you get a notice from the DMV, it may include information for your nearest smog check station. If not, you can easily find the information by calling the DMV, or simply call your trusted mechanic (many auto shops can perform smog tests). 

When you go to get your vehicle smog checked, be sure to bring all your information, primarily the vehicle’s registration. The test doesn’t take long at all, so it won’t be a hindrance. 

Follow Up with the DMV 

After getting your vehicle smog checked, you may have to follow up with the DMV by sending them your test, or following other instructions that will allow your car to be successfully registered. Your local DMV office will let you know if any addition information is required.

These easy steps are all it takes to make sure that your vehicle is not producing harmful emissions at an excessive rate, and can thus legally be on the road. 

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