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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Relocate from MD to San Diego

Recently passed Maryland emissions test. I have  concerns about moving car to San Diego, California and tuning to not smog/registration issues. Can you please let me know your thoughts?


There is a difference with 49-state emissions legal systems and 50-state (California) emissions however a USED 49-state emissions equipped vehicle, such as in the case of an out-of-state Hyundai Santa Fe (2009), and even newer (as long as the vehicle has less then 7500 miles), can pass the California smog test and receive registration. No engine modification will be required.

Also note, even though the vehicle is being brought in from out of state, it may already be California emissions complaint. Check the Underhood Emissions Label. It will identify the vehicle's emissions configuration. Furthermore, the smog inspection for 2000 and newer vehicles consist of a visual and functional inspection of the vehicle's engine emissions system (similar to the smog inspection in Maryland). So long as the engine's emission system has not been tampered with, the check engine light is not on, and the emission monitors are ready, the vehicle can pass the smog test without any emissions modification; no smog parts need to be added.

Note, a new vehicle, on the other hand, can not be registered (or pass smog) in California if it is not California emissions certified. Since your vehicle is a 2009 model, it will not need to undergo the tailpipe portion of the California smog inspection. This actually applies to any 2000 and newer gasoline powered vehicle. The vehicle will only have its emission system electronically checked. Since having passed in Maryland, chances of passing in California will be the same, assuming nothing changes (engine condition) during your relocation.

posted by SmogTips Support 09-09-2018 12:47 PM

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