Motorhome Needs CA Smog Check Exemption

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Motorhome Needs CA Smog Check Exemption

by NeedTags Support

We understand your situation and can help. We have no information from the California Department of Motor Vehicles that smog exemptions have request limits or exemption time limitations. After all, it's impossible to predict the future, right?

Smog Check Exemption While on Vacation

That said, each year's registration renewal after your first smog exemption filing, will require a new smog check exemption filing. Note, the REG 5103 is intended to be used specifically as a "temporary" exemption - for a smog check- meaning the State of California wants you to complete the smog check as soon as possible, upon the motorhome's return to California; but is give you time until you are able to do so.

If you intend of getting a smog check soon but want to pay your registration renewal fees before the inspection, NeedTags can accept your payment and post fees with the DMV so that you don't incur late fees. This is assuming you won't be able to get the smog inspection before your motorhome's tags expire.

Should you want to file for a smog check exemption again, the complete renewal process can be done online through NeedTags as well. Simply email us your REG 5103 instead of mailing it to the DMV.

Submit your registration renewal through our online portal. Upon receipt of our confirmation email, reply back with your REG 5103 attachment. You may submit your REG 5103 as a scanned PDF document or a photo/image taken with your smartphone. Please ensure your REG 5103 is of high resolution and cropped neatly if submitting a photo/image. If any corrections are needed, we will contact you before the filing. See the quick guide link below to learn of the current filing fee for this service.

Related Material

Application for Temporary Smog Exemption - REG 5103 (PDF Form)
Application for Temporary Smog Exemption - REG 5103 (Quick Guide)
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