Registering your vehicle before doing the smog test

Did you know that you can pay for your vehicle registration online before you get it smogged? That's one of the topics discussed in this week's edition of the DMV's weekly transportation column, called Ask George. “If a Smog certification is required to register your vehicle but you’re nearing the deadline and have not had a Smog inspection, you may still pay your registration fees online to avoid any late fees,” the column stated. “However, you will not receive your new registration or annual renewal sticker until the Smog information has been received by the DMV.” Learn more about smog requirements online at www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/vr_info.htm#BM2514. Renew your registration at http://dmv.ca.gov/online/vrir/vr_top2.htm. "If your vehicle fails the smog inspection, you may obtain a 60-day Temporary Operating Permit at your local DMV office,” according to Ask George. “A $50 fee will be required unless you qualify for the Consumer Assistance Program through the Bureau of Automotive Repair.” Be aware that your vehicle “may be subject to citation until you complete your renewal application,” the column warned.
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