Will a Honda Metropolitan bought in Wisconsin pass emissions in California?

by Bruce Rottman
(Santa Barbara, CA)

I moved my 2006 Honda Metropolitan from Wisconsin to California, only to be denied a license by the DMV because it lacked a California emissions sticker.

I called Honda, and they said it passes California emissions, and would write a letter saying so. I then get the letter, which says it does not pass California emissions standards.
What can I do?


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Jul 08, 2011
DMV laws
by: Honda Dealer

I realize this posting is a year late, but no one addressed this issue. A Metropolitan purchased in Wisconsin should be allowed to be registered in California for three different reasons. Any one of these conditions would make the scooter eligible for CA registration.
1. It is a 50 state model. The CHF50 does not have a CA only model. All Metros are legal in all 50 states.

2. Having a 49cc engine, the CHF50 is exempt from emission standards.

3.California has a law requiring out of state vehicles brought into the state have at least 7500 miles on the odometer. However, an owner of the vehicle that brings it into the state can get a CA registration no matter what the miles are. Note: only the registered owner can do this and you have to do it soon after you move to California. If you wait too long, you are considered a resident and it won't be allowed if miles are under 7500.

Jun 07, 2010
by: Jim Zeiser

If it doesn't have a CARB label on it all the tuning in the world won't convince the people at the California DMV. They are sticklers about vehicles being CARB approved. Many vehicles are only 49 state approved, some are 50 state approved. If yours is only 49 state you'd be better off selling it and buying something when you got to the Golden State.

Jun 07, 2010
CA. emissions
by: Izzy

I would take the scooter to one of the local scooter dealers to see if they can get it set to California emissions. It seems to be a carb. or exhaust deal in CA.

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