MSC #99-04


TO: DMV Office Manager
FROM: Robert H. Cross, Chief
Mobile Source Control Division
DATE: March 23, 1999

The Air Resources Board (ARB) recently adopted revisions to the emission control regulations governing off-highway recreational vehicles. The revisions will impact the existing procedure regarding registration of these vehicles. Our agency has been in close contact with DMV staff in the Registration/Titling Policy Section. In conjunction with the attached fact sheet, a procedural memo outlining the revised registration protocol for 1998 and later OHVs, prepared by the Registration/Titlin Policy Section, should have been already received by your office.

Briefly stated, OHV green stickers will continue to be issued to new 1998 and later model-year emission-compliant motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). These are distinguished by the eighth position in the vehicle identification number (VIN), which is a alphanumeric other than a "C" or a "3". Now, however, for those non-emission-compliant vehicles, which will have a "C" or a "3" in the eighth position of the VIN, an OHV "red" sticker will be issued. Motorcycles and ATVs with these red stickers will be subject to usage restrictions, which vary by off-highway riding area.

Since there will likely be many questions about the revised emission control regulations and the OHV registration program, the fact sheet was drafted by ARB to provide answers. The fact sheet lists the riding areas throughout California as well as the applicable riding time frame. Ideally, DMV staff can address the inquiries about these usage restrictions by simply directing people to view the ARB fact sheet.

Thank you for you cooperation in this matter. Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact ARB's public information office at (800) 242-4450.

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