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Heavy Duty Vehicle Registration Compliance

In support of California’s clean-air goals, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) has announced a new policy that blocks registration of certain vehicles.

Dealers must know which vehicles are subject to registration denial in order to avoid adding them to their inventory. 

As of January 1, 2020, the DMV will deny vehicle registration renewals or transfers for Heavy-Duty diesel powered vehicles that do not meet CARB’s health-based requirements.  A vehicle is classified as “Heavy-Duty” if it has a GVWR of 14,000 or greater.  For example, certain Dodge Ram 3500s are Heavy-Duty vehicles.