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Registering a used car in Calif - is smog cert. always required?

If someone buys a used car here in California - the car is coming from out of state and hasn't been registered anywhere in years - is a smog certificate required, even if the buyer does a Certificate of Planned Nonoperation?

Seems to me the answer has to be no - what if you are buying a car that doesn't run and won't run until 6 months of work on it? It seems like you still have to be able to transfer title, and you obviously can't get a smog on a car that doesn't run.

Searched the DMV site, couldn't find the answer.

Anyone have any experience with this?
Old 01-05-2004, 05:39 PM
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