My 1995 Toyota Tacoma 4WD truck passed smog, emissions-wise but the shop wouldn’t give me the certificate (to renew registration) because they say the catalytic converter is too old! They said something calling the DMV and find out of our Catalytic Converter is on a certain list or not? Do you know anything about this new law or rule?

My 1995 Toyota Tacoma 4WD truck passed smog, emissions-wise but the shop wouldn’t give me the certificate (to renew registration) because they say the catalytic converter is too old! They said something calling the DMV and find out of our Catalytic Converter is on a certain list or not? Do you know anything about this new law or rule?

 
This is news to me, but given that your vehicle is more than 20 years old, it is entirely possible that it has been the subject of an emissions recall, or some other issue has caused the DMV to flag it. Assuming that you’re in California, I would first check out the specific requirements of your city/county with the state DMV’s website, and then potentially contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Referee Program – this is probably what your smog station meant when they said “call the DMV.” And a note on smog certificates – they’re usually transmitted electronically to the DMV, in addition to the hard copy that you’re given.  ~ Bill

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