CARB rule to affect DMV vehicle registrations

Only compliant vehicles to receive California registration

Posted February 26, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2020, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) cannot register any vehicle that does not meet the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation requirements.

Compliance is based on the year of the vehicle. Specifically, a vehicle may be registered on January 1, 2020, if it is:

  • Model year (MY) 2011 or newer,
  • Powered by a 2010 or newer engine, if it requires retrofitting based on the model year, or
  • Otherwise compliant with, or exempt from, the regulation.

The state has also communicated that vehicles that do not currently meet the requirements of this CARB regulation, and other heavy-duty diesel regulations, may be subject to an immediate DMV registration block.

Additional information on affected vehicles is found on a new enforcement tool.


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