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As my attachment to my E64 is quite High and it’s only on 70 k in around three years we will be moving to Cali and have been wondering if it’s worth taking it with me ....... not to sure on what the US emission would do to it .... and what would it cost.
Any body out there have any views or experience with this ***129396;


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Where are you bring the car from? If its not at least a "49 State" car, I would say its going to be difficult. Look on the California DMV website, I'm sure you find what you are looking for.
 

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Forget it. Needs to be 25 years or older.


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Evidence that the vehicle has cleared customs.
An Application for Title or Registration (REG 343) form.
Out-of-state title or proof of ownership.
A Verification of Vehicle (REG 31) form.
A Lien Satisfied/Legal Owner/Title Holder Release (REG 166) form, if applicable.
A Vehicle/Vessel Transfer and Reassignment Form (REG 262).
A Statement of Facts (REG 256) form.
A Declaration of Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (CGW) (REG 4008) form, if applicable.
A smog certificate, if applicable.
A weight certificate, if applicable.
Fees.
You may also need:
Evidence of compliance with California emissions standards (1968 year-model and newer gasoline-powered vehicles and 1980 year-model and newer diesel-powered vehicles).
Evidence of compliance with U.S. emission standards (vehicles 20 years old and newer).
Evidence of compliance with United States (U.S.) safety standards (vehicles 24 years old and newer).
What Is a Direct Import Vehicle?
A direct import is a vehicle that is not manufactured to meet U.S. federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) and/or California emissions standards and not intended by the manufacturer to be used or sold in the U.S.

It may be very costly or impossible to modify vehicles not originally manufactured to meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions requirements, and Department of Transportation (DOT) FMVSS.

Not all direct import vehicles over two years old can be converted to California emissions standards and FMVSS. If the vehicle is a 1968 or newer year-model auto or commercial vehicle, or a 1978 or newer year model motorcycle that does not comply with EPA or CARB emission requirements, contact CARB by phone at 1-800-242-4450 or by email at [email protected].

Motorcycles, off-highway vehicles, and diesel-powered vehicles cannot be converted to California emissions standards at this time. Therefore, they cannot be registered in California unless they were originally manufactured to meet U.S. and California emissions standards.

Can I Register a Direct Import Vehicle in California?
Anyone who brings an imported vehicle into California, or purchases an imported vehicle while in California, should be aware that some vehicles cannot be registered in California or in the U.S. (California Health & Safety Code §§39024.6, 43150***8211;43156, 43203.5, 43600, and 44200***8211;44210). For rules and exceptions, see the Buying a Vehicle From Out of State***8211;Can You Register It in California? (FFVR 29) Fast Facts brochure available at www.dmv.ca.gov.

Vehicles (and engines) imported from other countries must comply with requirements of the following agencies:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for emissions requirements.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for safety requirements.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for gas-guzzler taxes.
California Air Resources Board (CARB) for emissions requirements.
California Board of Equalization (BOE) for use tax.
If the vehicle was not originally manufactured to meet California emissions standards and DOT FMVSS, the vehicle cannot be registered in California, unless the vehicle is modified and tested under CARB***8217;s direct import program.
 

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Evidence that the vehicle has cleared customs.
An Application for Title or Registration (REG 343) form.
Out-of-state title or proof of ownership.
A Verification of Vehicle (REG 31) form.
A Lien Satisfied/Legal Owner/Title Holder Release (REG 166) form, if applicable.
A Vehicle/Vessel Transfer and Reassignment Form (REG 262).
A Statement of Facts (REG 256) form.
A Declaration of Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (CGW) (REG 4008) form, if applicable.
A smog certificate, if applicable.
A weight certificate, if applicable.
Fees.
You may also need:
Evidence of compliance with California emissions standards (1968 year-model and newer gasoline-powered vehicles and 1980 year-model and newer diesel-powered vehicles).
Evidence of compliance with U.S. emission standards (vehicles 20 years old and newer).
Evidence of compliance with United States (U.S.) safety standards (vehicles 24 years old and newer).
What Is a Direct Import Vehicle?
A direct import is a vehicle that is not manufactured to meet U.S. federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) and/or California emissions standards and not intended by the manufacturer to be used or sold in the U.S.

It may be very costly or impossible to modify vehicles not originally manufactured to meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions requirements, and Department of Transportation (DOT) FMVSS.

Not all direct import vehicles over two years old can be converted to California emissions standards and FMVSS. If the vehicle is a 1968 or newer year-model auto or commercial vehicle, or a 1978 or newer year model motorcycle that does not comply with EPA or CARB emission requirements, contact CARB by phone at 1-800-242-4450 or by email at [email protected].

Motorcycles, off-highway vehicles, and diesel-powered vehicles cannot be converted to California emissions standards at this time. Therefore, they cannot be registered in California unless they were originally manufactured to meet U.S. and California emissions standards.

Can I Register a Direct Import Vehicle in California?
Anyone who brings an imported vehicle into California, or purchases an imported vehicle while in California, should be aware that some vehicles cannot be registered in California or in the U.S. (California Health & Safety Code §§39024.6, 43150***8211;43156, 43203.5, 43600, and 44200***8211;44210). For rules and exceptions, see the Buying a Vehicle From Out of State***8211;Can You Register It in California? (FFVR 29) Fast Facts brochure available at www.dmv.ca.gov.

Vehicles (and engines) imported from other countries must comply with requirements of the following agencies:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for emissions requirements.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for safety requirements.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for gas-guzzler taxes.
California Air Resources Board (CARB) for emissions requirements.
California Board of Equalization (BOE) for use tax.
If the vehicle was not originally manufactured to meet California emissions standards and DOT FMVSS, the vehicle cannot be registered in California, unless the vehicle is modified and tested under CARB***8217;s direct import program.






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I did the reverse, US CA car to EU, albeit one that drives on same side of the road - France. Was hard enough. I would never do a Euro car into the US if it was less than 25 years old.
there are plenty of good cars in California. Usually more options and well taken care of. I’d go that route.


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Moving TO Californication?? Isnt everybody leaving there?????
Once again, If it's not helpful to someone, DON'T POST ANYTHING! This is not a chat board, it's a BMW forum. :rolleyes:
 

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I did the reverse, US CA car to EU, albeit one that drives on same side of the road - France. Was hard enough. I would never do a Euro car into the US if it was less than 25 years old.
there are plenty of good cars in California. Usually more options and well taken care of. I’d go that route.


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yep sounds the route


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