Guide Massachusetts Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program

Most new vehicles with 7,500 or fewer miles on their odometers need to be equipped with factory-installed California-certified advanced emission control systems in order to be sold and registered in Massachusetts.

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Eight-State Goal: 3.3 Million More ZEVs by 2025

In October 2013, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker and his counterparts from California, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to coordinated action to ensure the successful implementation of their respective states' zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) programs.

ZEVs include pure battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Collectively, Massachusetts and the seven other states are committed to having at least 3.3 million ZEVs operating on their roadways by 2025. The MOU identifies joint cooperative actions the states will undertake and additional actions they are considering to build a robust market for ZEVs.

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Summary of Massachusetts Requirements

The Massachusetts Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program requires most new vehicles with 7,500 or fewer miles on their odometers to be equipped with factory-installed California-certified advanced emission control systems.

LEV requirements apply to the following vehicles sold
and registered in Massachusetts.
Model Years Vehicle Type(s) Weight Rating
1995 & Newer Passenger Cars,
Light-Duty Trucks &
Sport Utility Vehicles
Up to 6,000 lbs.
2003 & Newer Medium-Duty &
Sport Utility Vehicles
6,001-14,000 lbs.
2004 & Newer Light-Duty Diesel
Passenger Vehicles &
Up to 8,500 lbs.

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What to Know When Buying a Car

All new car dealerships in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, and California sell LEVs. Dealerships bordering these states may also sell LEVs. If you buy a new car from a dealer outside of Massachusetts, be sure to ask for documentation that your new vehicle is a LEV.

How to identify a LEV:

  • The law requires a Vehicle Emission Control Label under the hood stating "this vehicle conforms to U.S. EPA and state of California regulations" or "this vehicle conforms to U.S. EPA regulations and is certified for sale in California." Also, the Certificate of Origin will state the following: "Certified for sale in Massachusetts, California, and New York," or "Certified for sale in 50 states."

How the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) identifies a LEV:

  • If your vehicle has never been registered, the RMV will inspect its Certificate of Origin for a LEV certification statement.
  • For a previously registered vehicle with less than 7,500 miles, you'll need to schedule an appointment with an RMV inspector, who will check under the hood for the Vehicle Emission Control Label.

Non-LEV vehicles may not be registered in Massachusetts! Return your vehicle to the seller. Auto makers have informed their dealers that they may sell only LEVs to Massachusetts residents.

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Bringing a Vehicle into Massachusetts

Every vehicle that is newly registered in Massachusetts is required to undergo a state safety inspection and emissions test within seven days of registration. To learn more, visit: Massachusetts Vehicle Check

Depending on the vehicle's model year and where you are bringing it from, you may need to satisfy additional requirements.

Your Situation What to Do
Moving to Massachusetts from another state. Nothing beyond registering your vehicle and having it inspected. LEV standards do not apply.
Importing a model year 1995 or newer vehicle with more than 7,500 miles on the odometer. Contact the Registry of Motor Vehicles for instructions on registering your vehicle.
Importing a model year 1995 vehicle with fewer than 7,500 miles on the odometer, or a vehicle that has never been titled. Call MassDEP at 617-292-5762 to request an emissions waiver that will allow you to register your vehicle.
Importing your vehicle from another country. Your vehicle will need to comply with the applicable federal requirements below, and meet Massachusetts LEV, registration, and inspection requirements.

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