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:
The emissions label states that the car conforms to regulations for both the US EPA and California's emissions standards.
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.