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Low Emissions Vehicles


Passenger vehicles 2009 and newer, with 7,500 miles or less, must prove compliance with the LEV requirement to get registration, unless they are exempt.


Vehicles exempt from LEV compliance:  

If your vehicle is exempt based on the Declaration of Exemption, you must provide the completed form with your application.

Proving Compliance

Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin

Many manufacturers put a statement on the MCO to prove LEV compliance.  Here are some examples:

  • This vehicle conforms to (or with) U.S. EPA and State of California regulations.
  • This vehicle meets/satisfies California emission standards.
  • This vehicle is certified/legal for sale in all 50 states.  

Emission Label Check

The under hood emission label may be checked by:

There is no fee for an LEV compliance check.

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.