California State Inspection 

California State Inspections in San Bernardino, CA

While every state has laws that concern car inspections and keeping your vehicle up to a certain code to be able to stay on the road, California is a little stricter that other states. California wants to help preserve the world and to contribute to cleaner air, which has led to more stringent emission testing. Our San Bernardino Nissan dealership can help you get through the inspection process, making sure you can safely drive your vehicle around California.

Does Every Vehicle Need to be Tested?

The majority do, but there are a few exceptions to California emissions testing. The list of exempt vehicles isn't very long, but includes:

  • Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Natural-gas-powered vehicles weighing more than 14,000 pounds
  • Diesel vehicles made before 1997 or weight over 14,000 pounds
  • Vehicles made prior to 1975
  • Vehicles that are less than six years old

What is Involved in an Emissions Test and What Happens if I Fail?

There are four steps to checking your emissions to make sure your vehicle isn't letting off too much hydrocarbon (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). These tests include Gas Cap Pressure Check, On-Board Diagnostics Test, Inspection and Maintenance Test, and Single Idle Speed Test.

Regular maintenance and a well-maintained vehicle will help a vehicle pass easily, but there are some that don't quite make the mark. If your vehicle is one that doesn't pass, you will get a slip from the testing center telling you what needs to be fixed. Bringing this slip to our service center will allow our team to do any of the work that is needed to help you pass.


Larry H. Miller Nissan San Bernardino

735 Showcase Drive S
Directions San Bernardino, CA 92408

  • Service: 833-884-9631


  • Monday 7AM - 6PM
  • Tuesday 7AM - 6PM
  • Wednesday 7AM - 6PM
  • Thursday 7AM - 6PM
  • Friday 7AM - 6PM
  • Saturday 8AM - 1PM
  • Sunday Closed

What Do I Need to Bring for my CA State Inspection?

The following items must be present when you bring your car in for a California state inspection:

  • Driver's license
  • Proof of insurance
  • Vehicle registration
  • Title, if you outright own your vehicle

Visit Our Dealership to Get Your Vehicle Back on the Roads

Our experts are here to answer all your questions and to make sure you know what a CA state inspection entails. We are excited to help you get into a model that you can drive around San Bernardino!

  1. Larry H. Miller Nissan San Bernardino

    735 Showcase Drive S
    San Bernardino, CA 92408

    • Sales: 833-884-9630
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