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Volkswagen Eos Needs Smog Check 2 Years in a Row?

I purchased a 2009 VW Eos last year from a private party and had a smog check done in order to register the vehicle in my name. This year the DMV is asking for another smog check in order to renew my registration. Why?I though a smog check is required every two years.


The DMV does not reset a vehicle's biennial smog check requirement year when a vehicle is bought or sold. The odd or even number year in which its smog check inspection is due does not change. When purchasing a vehicle which needed a smog check in a previous year, the vehicle will require one smog inspection for title transfer purpose, and a second smog inspection in its first year of registration renewal; a smog inspection will be required two years in a row.

You should verify this information by contacting the DMV at (800) 777-0133. Contact the State Smog Check Referee's Office at (800) 622-7733 if there is any discrepancy with the DMV requirements.

posted by SmogTips Support 11-18-2015 09:41 AM

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