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Here's How To Find Out If Your Vehicle Meet US Emissions Standards

Despite what many say, it is possible to import a car that's under 25 years old. Although you have to meet a few requirements set by the US government. If the car is built for US safety & emissions standards, as well as DOT standards, then you may import the vehicle legally. Here's how to find out if your vehicle meets the requirements.

Does the vehicle conform to EPA standards?

You can verify if your vehicle meets EPA standards by locating the Vehicle Emissions Label in your vehicle. It looks something like this:

vehicle emissions sticker

The emissions label is an important indicator that the car you are planning to import meets the strict regulations set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California's Air Resources Board (CARB). These standards ensure that the vehicle's emissions are within acceptable limits, and the label is proof that the vehicle conforms to these standards. This label is usually located in an easily accessible area, such as the driver's side door or under the hood. By verifying that the vehicle you want to import has this label, you can rest assured that it meets the necessary requirements for emissions and environmental safety.

To find the emissions label in your vehicle, look for it in these places:

  • The car should have a sticker by the drivers door that specifies the car fits US standards and safety regulations
  • Second sticker is under the hood and specifies whether the vehicle fits US emissions, or both US and California
  • On a motorcycle, the emissions label can be found on the frame, or in the glove compartment

Does the vehicle conform to DOT standards?

Vehicles imported permanently to the US need to confirm to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. Typically this can be confirmed by viewing the stick on the driver's door which shows that the car fits US DOT specifications of safety and standards. If that sticker is missing, then a letter from the manufacturer is required which states that this particular vin number is built to DOT standards.

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