Why is a smog check required on my vehicle?

Question: The state of California does not require that military members register their vehicles — and submit to a smog check — when they move here. When registering my vehicle at Pass and ID, they said I needed to submit a smog check. If California doesn’t require military members to smog check their car, why should Naval Base Ventura County?

Answer: Thank you for allowing me to address this. The requirement the staff at Pass and ID is enforcing is not a Naval Base Ventura County requirement, but instead is a Chief of Naval Operations requirement.

OPNAVINST 11200.5D, Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision, covers a variety of topics, but Chapter 3 is devoted to vehicle registration standards. If you live, work or frequent a U.S. military installation, you are required to register your vehicle. To do so, you must have a valid driver’s license, valid registration, and you must comply with the safety and air quality requirements of the state where the facility is located, rather than where your vehicle is registered.

Not requiring you to register your vehicle in California is a courtesy to a military member. It comes with the understanding that the military will enforce certain set standards; it is not a pass to avoid meeting state standards. I realize that it can be expensive to get a vehicle tested, repaired and retested, but it’s the right thing to do — legally and environmentally.

You can visit http://dmv.ca.gov/vr/smogfaq.htm for more information about California’s smog testing standards. There are even links to programs that can help determine repair costs and/or buy back older cars that can’t pass inspection.

Keep the questions and feedback coming! You can submit via this forum at lighthouse@navy.mil, online using the CO’s Suggestion Box at http://cnic.navy.mil/ventura/index.htm or at www.Facebook.com/NavalBaseVenturaCounty. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NBVCCalifornia and keep up on the latest news and events.

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