According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, as of June 2014, hybrid automobiles, gasoline-powered cars from 1975 or older, electric cars, natural-gas-powered cars, trailers, motorcycles and diesel-powered cars from 1997 or older are exempt from smog testing. All other vehicles are required to undergo smog inspections.Continue Reading
In the case of a natural-gas-powered vehicle, it must have a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds or more in order for it to be exempt. GVWR is also a factor in the exemption of diesel-powered vehicles. Those diesel automobiles that have a GVWR of 14,000 pounds or more are exempt even if they are newer than the blanket diesel exemption for 1997 model year cars or older.
Any transfer in ownership of a vehicle requires a valid smog certification unless the vehicle involved is less than four model years old. This rule applies to any vehicle, with the exception of those powered by diesel. In the instances that this rule is applicable, the new owner does not require a new smog certification but must pay a smog renewal fee to the state. In cases when the vehicle is more than four model years old, the seller must provide the buyer with a valid smog certificate.Learn more about DMV & Records
To help get a driver's license, people may read several books, including manuals for a general driver's license or manuals for commercial trucks, state and local vehicle codes and manuals for motorcycles. In addition to these resources, many states offer driver's education courses in person or online, which people may attend for additional training. Driver's manuals, available electronically and at select DMV offices, provides a broad education for drivers on safe driving techniques, while vehicle codes offer information on local driving laws and regulations.Full Answer >
The National Insurance Crime Bureau allows the public to check the vehicle identification number of motorcycles and other vehicles online to determine if the vehicle is stolen. Once the requested information is entered into the site, a search is made against the number, and the result appears. The only limitation is that a user is restricted to five searches with any 24-hour period from the same IP address.Full Answer >
Motorcycle license plates classifying as collectible are at least 20 years old, and attach to original motorcycles without alterations to body or design. Collectible motorcycle plates meet stringent criteria; states issue them only to motorcycles appearing in original design since the initial production date. Plates may attach to motorcycles with select alterations, too.Full Answer >
In 2012, the number of motorcycles registered in the U.S. was around 9 million. The Department of Motor Vehicles considers a motorcycle to be any two- or three-wheel powered vehicle for on-road, off-road or dual-purpose use.Full Answer >