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I live in California and I'm heading to Arizona to pick up a 2013 Cross Country next weekend. The bike only has 5K miles on it and from what the owner tells me, the emissions sticker on the bike does not mention compliance with California standards.

The Victory owners manual indicates that ALL Victory's built after 2009 comply with both the Federal and California emission standards.

Will I be able to register this bike in CA? Do I need to get the mileage up over 7500 before I can? Will Polaris send me a emissions sticker that will allow me to register it in CA?

Thanks for any input.

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I live in California and I'm heading to Arizona to pick up a 2013 Cross Country next weekend. The bike only has 5K miles on it and from what the owner tells me, the emissions sticker on the bike does not mention compliance with California standards.

The Victory owners manual indicates that ALL Victory's built after 2009 comply with both the Federal and California emission standards.

Will I be able to register this bike in CA? Do I need to get the mileage up over 7500 before I can? Will Polaris send me a emissions sticker that will allow me to register it in CA?

Thanks for any input.

Scott
I just wanted to be the first to answer, since I live in California... I have no idea. :cool:
 

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Supposedly you can register it, but you will face a steep penalty fee and a mountain of red tape. Penalty + registration + usage fee will probably be in the $1500-2000 range. I got my Kingpin out of state last year. It had 45000 miles on it and was 9 years old, but it still cost $550 to register. In Cali it's really not worth getting a bike from out of state unless it's older with 8k miles or more on it.
 

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Oh, If you're a AAA member, do your registration with them. They're much easier to work with and will explain what they need to see on the bike to help process the registration and title as painlessly as possible.
 

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I live in California and I'm heading to Arizona to pick up a 2013 Cross Country next weekend. The bike only has 5K miles on it and from what the owner tells me, the emissions sticker on the bike does not mention compliance with California standards.

The Victory owners manual indicates that ALL Victory's built after 2009 comply with both the Federal and California emission standards.

Will I be able to register this bike in CA? Do I need to get the mileage up over 7500 before I can? Will Polaris send me a emissions sticker that will allow me to register it in CA?

Thanks for any input.

Scott
My 2014 which is an AZ bike does not have the fuel tank canister or purge valve that a CA bike would have on it. The plug is there for the valve though. Not sure what else is missing. There are folks on this site from CA though who may know what else you need, or if you need them at all.
 

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Geesh! Here I thought AZ fees were high, thank goodness I'm not in CA. 1 big plus over here is that MC's no longer have to be emulsion tested! thumb up
Also, I don't know about CA but in AZ, all MC's are welcome in the HOV lane on the freeway. Much safer & a real time saver on my daily commute. Makes up for no lane splitting over here.
 

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The VIN tag will clearly state 50 state and or CA compliant. If it does not you will NOT be able to register it in CA. Used bikes need 7500+ miles or the sticker.

Do NOT take the bike to the DMV to "check."

Polaris will not send you a sticker. It's either compliant or not.
 

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From the CA DMV website:

Buying a Vehicle From Out of State - Can You Register it in California? FFVR 29

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The Bottom Line

If you are a California resident and acquire a new car, truck, or motorcycle from another state, it must be certified to meet California smog laws to be registered in California. This includes certain diesel-powered vehicles. DMV cannot accept an application to register a vehicle in California that does not qualify for registration (California Health and Safety Code §§43150 - 43156).

What Is Considered a New Vehicle?

California considers any vehicle with less than 7,500 miles on the odometer at the time of purchase or trade by a California resident or business, to be a new vehicle. This is true whether or not the vehicle has been registered in another state.

Aren't All Vehicles California Certified?

Not all new vehicles are manufactured to be sold in California. Many manufacturers make vehicles to be sold only in the other 49 states. These vehicles (49-state) are made with smog equipment that meets federal emission standards, but not California standards. California-certified (50-state) vehicles are made to be sold in California.

Check the Label

To find out whether a car, truck, or motorcycle is California certified, check the emission label under the hood. For a motorcycle, check the frame or refer to your owner' s manual for the location. The label should read that the vehicle conforms to California regulations, or that it is legal for sale in California.

Exemptions

There are a few exemptions to the law. As a California resident, you may be able to register a 49-state vehicle if it was:

Obtained as part of a divorce, inheritance, or legal separation settlement.
Purchased to replace your California-registered vehicle that was stolen while you were using the vehicle out-of-state.
Purchased to replace your California-registered vehicle that was destroyed or made inoperative beyond reasonable repair while you were using the vehicle out of state.
An emergency vehicle, pursuant to California Vehicle Code § §27156.2 and 27156.3.
Registered by you in the state of your last active military service outside California.
A street motorcycle or motor-driven cycle year model 2005 and older, with an engine less than 50 cubic centimeters (cc) displacement. Beginning January 1, 2006, street motorcycles and motor-driven cycles year model 2006 and newer, with engines less than 50 cc displacement, require an emission label certifying them to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission regulations, and may be registered regardless of mileage.






Does This Apply to Someone Moving to California?

If you are moving to California from another state, you may register a new 49-state vehicle if it was first registered by you in your home state, or for military personnel, in the last state of your military service. When applying for vehicle registration in California, you must provide evidence that the vehicle was registered.

Vehicles Purchased From Out of the Country (Grey Market)

California has special requirements for vehicles imported from other countries (including Canada and Mexico). It may be very costly or impossible to modify these vehicles to meet California emission requirements and/or federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS). No direct import vehicle less than two years old can be converted to California emission standards. Not all direct import vehicles over two years old can be converted to California emission standards and FMVSS. No motorcycle or diesel-powered vehicle can be converted to California emission standards. For details, contact the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

Drive Clean

Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint, save money on gas or just contribute less to smog? DriveClean.ca.gov is California' s buying guide for clean and efficient vehicles. Since motor vehicles are responsible for more than half of the smog and global warming pollution in California, the vehicle you buy directly impacts air quality, global warming, and energy security.

Visit DriveClean.ca.gov for more information about the Environmental Performance Label, to compare scores and to find the latest incentives.

More Information on...

California residency and vehicle importation laws and requirements visit DMV online at www.dmv.ca.gov or call the DMV Technical Compliance Section at (916) 657-6795.
California Smog Check program, visit the Bureau of Automotive Repairs online at www.smogcheck.ca.gov or call 1-800-952-5210.
California smog laws, grey-market vehicles, and 49-state vehicles, visit ARB online at www.arb.ca.gov or call 1-800-242-4450.
Off-highway vehicle registration, see the How to Register an Off-highway Vehicle (HTVR 19) brochure at www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr19.htm.
FFVR 29 (REV. 2/2014)


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Do bikes in CA get smog tested?
I just wanted to chime in here about smog testing, since I live in CA.... I have NO idea.

But, I've had bikes all my life in CA, and never had a smog test on one, so I ass-ume motorcycles are not smog tested in CA. Are they elsewhere? :cool:
 

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Supposedly you can register it, but you will face a steep penalty fee and a mountain of red tape. Penalty + registration + usage fee will probably be in the $1500-2000 range. I got my Kingpin out of state last year. It had 45000 miles on it and was 9 years old, but it still cost $550 to register. In Cali it's really not worth getting a bike from out of state unless it's older with 8k miles or more on it.
That is crazy! I mean I applaud California for literally being world trail blazers, but this stuff is pure madness! Its a motorcycle for christ sakes!
 

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That is crazy! I mean I applaud California for literally being world trail blazers, but this stuff is pure madness! Its a motorcycle for christ sakes!
Hold the applause. The government there is way nuts. Nothing to applaud about that.
 

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Motorcycles are NOT emissions tested in CA. To register though, they must meet the CA Emissions or "for sale in CA " requirement if with less than 7,500 miles.
 

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Thanks for the replies

Thanks everyone for your input on this subject. I've bought the bike and it is currently registered in AZ in my daughter's name. I'm working the miles up until I can get it registered in my name here in CA.
 

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Good job Trouzer- hope it works out.
 

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don't all CA bikes have that emission canister on the side of there bike.
 

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I have a quick question concerning CA registration. A little unusual thing here. My son is active duty Army stationed in CA. He wants to sell me his '13 Highball. It's registered in another state, his home of record state, not in CA.

What kind of crap am I going to look forward to? Anyone know anything?

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Selling out of state bike in CA

Check the mileage on his highball. If it's under 7500, don't do the deal. Over 7500 you'll still pay a usage fee (about 7% of what you paid for the bike) plus the registration fee (a small flat fee + 3% of the KBB value of the bike). In addition, the DMV (or AAA if you're a member) will need to inspect the bike to double check the VIN, make sure it has all the working lights and signals, and has the factory federal emissions sticker on the frame tube. Then you can register the bike. Bring vaseline, it helps.
 
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