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Old 08-30-2014, 06:38 AM
 
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So last year I smog checked my car already (Dec 2013), so I'm wondering if I have to smog check it again when I sell it this year?

So let's say that I do need to get a smog check, where do I get the smog check certification from? I got one in the mail last year and I used it to smog check and the results were sent electronically to DMV. So do I need to go to the DMV to get a new smog check certification??

Thank you!
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Pahrump, NV
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if you sell your car before the next smog check is due, i believe the new owner is responsible for a the 2014 smog check.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Yes- when you go to sell your car, a smog check needs to be done by the seller and within a certain time period. Where to go, a smog certification station, look in the phone book. DMV won't give you a certificate, a certificate comes from the service station as proof that it passed.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Carmichael, CA
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So last year I smog checked my car already (Dec 2013), so I'm wondering if I have to smog check it again when I sell it this year?

So let's say that I do need to get a smog check, where do I get the smog check certification from? I got one in the mail last year and I used it to smog check and the results were sent electronically to DMV. So do I need to go to the DMV to get a new smog check certification??

Thank you!
Yes, you need to get the car smogged again--just tell the service station that you're selling the car and they'll take care of notifying DMV.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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There is this amazing brand new resource on the internet for answering questions and finding information - it's commonly called 'google'. I typed in the following search :

car sale smog check site:dmv.ca.gov

and these were the top two 'hits' :

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/smogfaq.htm

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/sell.htm

Both answer your question.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Yes , the smog check is only good for 90 days
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Yes , the smog check is only good for 90 days
I am glad that you agree with the DMV.
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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A smog check is good for 90 days if SOLD or GIVEN between two parties not related. And the SELLER is AKWAYS responsible for the smog check. If the vehicle is sold giro arts the vehicle would have to be smogged before being driven on a road. You can apply for a one day worm it to drive it to a smog station. A gift from father to son mother to daughter or vice versa does not need to be smog tested. If you sell a car to Joe Anybody a smog check is good for 90 days from the date of the smog. If you do not sell the vehicle within the 90 days of the smog test and say you sell it on day 91 you would have to RE test it even if you are still the registered owner. Then the smog is good for another 90 days.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I found out after I had my 2002 Corolla smogged that I didn't need to, because I was giving the car to my son. Apparently, car sales between family members are exempt from the "smog before sell" rule. Oh, well - my own fault for not researching it properly!
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