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Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) Requirement


Oregon requires most passenger vehicles 2009 and newer, with 7,500 miles or less, to prove compliance with the Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) requirement to get registration, unless exempt. This requirement does not apply to electric, hybrid, or government-owned passenger vehicles.
Proving Compliance
Statement on Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO)
Valid LEV statements on an MCO:
  • This vehicle conforms to (or with) U.S. EPA and State of California regulations.
  • This vehicle conforms to (or with) U.S. EPA regulations and is certified for sale in California.
  • This vehicle has a California emission system.
  • This vehicle meets/satisfies California emission standards.
  • This vehicle is certified/legal for sale in California.
  • This vehicle is certified/legal for sale in all 50 states.
A statement by the manufacturer indicating the vehicle complies with California emission standards and/or the Oregon Low-Emission Vehicle requirement is acceptable. 
Check of Under Hood Emission Label

If compliance cannot be proven, and there is no
exemption from LEV standards, the under hood emission label may be checked by:
There is no additional fee for a LEV compliance check.
Exemptions are listed on the Declaration of Exemption from the Oregon Low-Emission Vehicle Requirement (Form 735-7309).  If your vehicle is exempt, you must complete and sign the form, and include it with your application.
Vehicle Does Not Comply
DMV will not issue registration for vehicles that do not meet the LEV requirement or are not exempt.  You may apply for Oregon title only.  Your vehicle may qualify for limited light vehicle trip permits.