Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Exempted From Initial Smog CheckHybrid-Electric vehicles (HEVs) are exempt from "initial" biennial and change-of-ownership Smog Check inspections. The emissions performance of HEVs cannot be appropriately determined by the current Smog Check inspection procedures. Once new testing procedures are developed, these vehicles may be required to have Smog Check inspections.
Note that some vehicle models also come in non-hybrid vehicles (e.g. Camry, Civic, Escape). Only hybrid models are exempt from initial and change-of-ownership Smog Check inspections.
Technicians: Do not conduct a Smog Check inspection on these vehicles whether directed by DMV or for change-of-ownership. Have the motorist contact a DMV field office if they have been directed by a DMV registration notice to obtain a Smog Check.
Hybrid-Electric vehicles represent an innovative clean-air and fuel-efficient technology. BAR encourages the use of vehicles that will have a smaller detrimental impact on the environment.
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