California Bill to Extend New Car Emissions Test Exemption Signed by Governor


Legislation (A.B. 1274) has been signed into law to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars from 6 to 8 model years. Under the bill, vehicles 7 and 8 models years old will be assessed an annual smog abatement fee of $25 in lieu of an emissions inspection.

A.B. 1274 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of these newly exempt vehicles. The vast majority of newer light-duty vehicles are equipped with cleaner technologies that typically pass smog checks after six years.

A.B. 1274 will become effective January 1, 2019.  

Thank you to those who participated in supporting this bill.