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Is a Smog Check Necessary for Online Release of Liability?
Hi. If I sell my car to someone and submit the release of liability online via the DMV website, is a current smog certificate necessary to complete the process? Will the release of liability be completed if I have not smog checked my vehicle?
Submitting a NRL (when received and properly recorded by the DMV) will remove your liability from any civil or criminal action involving the vehicle after the date of sale, such as parking or traffic violations, and registration renewal fees and/or penalties. In case of a lawsuit or complaint against you after the vehicle's sale date, it will be up to the court to determine if you have any liability, whether it be civil and/or criminal.