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Old 01-22-2010, 11:37 PM
Location: Burbank
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Originally Posted by motoman View Post
Well, if the rusted-out, smoke-billowing, decades old cars I see driving around LA on a daily basis are any indication, passing the emission test can't be all that difficult. I have a 1999 Nissan Maxima and I've never had any problems with passing.
Same car I have. Brought it from TN, registered, smog check, test, and no problems.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:58 AM
Location: La Crescenta, CA
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Since your car is new and in good shape, it really won't be a hassle at all.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:23 PM
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Most states say to register your vehicle within the first 10-20 you move to new state, but I know people that have gone much longer before doing it. They don't know when you have moved here, don't ask for a lease or mortgage so they take your word for it. The police won't stop you either because they don't know that you have moved here. Just saying there is no need to panic if you go over the 20 day period.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:40 PM
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In order to register a vehicle in California brought in from out-of-state, even new vehicles, you must pass a smog check. Now this is the important part - in order to pass a smog check, you vehicle must specifically state that it's "50 State/California Certified" and/or "California Certified". "Federally Certified" means for 49 states only and "Northeast emissions certified" doesn't count either. If the sticker under you hood does not have either of these two designations, you will not be allowed to register you car here no matter what.

Edit: I bought a new car in Nevada and had to specifically request a vehicle that had this designation. There are cars sold today - even new cars - that are only "Federally Certified". Bring it into Cali and youre SOL.
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