A Smog Check inspector can reject a vehicle for testing if he or she determines that the vehicle is unsafe or not in an operable condition adequate for testing.
Excessive fluid leaks in the engine, transmission or fuel system;
Engine overheating or excessively noisy;
Unsafe drive axle tire or wheel (dynamometer test only).
Transfer of Ownership
In addition to the biennial requirement, a certificate of compliance is required whenever a vehicle changes ownership except in the following circumstances:
Vehicle is 4 or less model-years old. Example: In 2012, model years 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 are not subject to inspection upon transfer of ownership.
Vehicle has had a Smog Check certificate in connection with registration renewal, and the transfer has occurred within 90 days of registration renewal.
Vehicle is being transferred between a person’s spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent or sibling.
Vehicle registered to a sole proprietorship is transferred to the proprietor as owner.
Vehicle is transferred between companies whose principal business is leasing vehicles and there is no change in the lessee or operator of the vehicle, or between the lessor and the person who has been, for at least one year, the lessee’s operator of the vehicle.
Vehicle is transferred between the lessor and lessee and there is no change in the lessee or operator of the vehicle.
When an additional individual is added to title.