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 Chevy Malibu, can pass the California smog test and receive registration.
The smog inspection for 2000 and newer vehicles consists of a visual and functional inspection of the vehicle's engine emissions system. 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, your Malibu can pass the smog test without any emissions modification; no smog parts need to be added. A new vehicle, on the other hand, can not be registered (or pass smog) in California if it is not California emissions certified.
posted by SmogTips Support 11-19-2018 06:42 AM