WHY DO I HAVE A $20 A “SMOG ABATEMENT FEE” ADDED TO MY CALIFORNIA NEW VEHICLE REGISTRATION?

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IMPOSES THIS FEE ON ALL VEHICLES LESS THAN 6 YEARS OLD INSTEAD OF REQUIRING A BIENNIAL SMOG CHECK INSPECTION

THIS AMOUNT IS TYPICALLY LESS THAN HALF THE AMOUNT CHARGED BY MOST SMOG CHECK STATIONS FOR AN ACTUAL INSPECTION. THE FUNDS GENERATED ARE USED TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION SOURCES AND TO FUND THE C.A.P. PROGRAM. STARTING IN THE 7TH YEAR OF OWNERSHIP, A SMOG CHECK WILL BE REQUIRED

AN ACTUAL SMOG CHECK INSPECTION WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED FOR A VEHICLE LESS THAN 6 YEARS OLD BROUGHT INTO CALIFORNIA FROM ANOTHER STATE OR RE-SOLD WITHIN CALIFORNIA