How to Report a Smog Offender

Edit Article If a vehicle is emitting excessive amounts of exhaust smoke, the driver may be reported if the incident happens in either California, Texas, or Iowa, which are the only US states with smog offender laws. The method of reporting smog offenders varies from location to location. Often, it is as simple as making a phone call or sending an email. The following is a guide on how to report a smog offender.

Report a smog offender in California.

  • How to Report a Smog Offender

    Contact the Air Quality Management District (AQMD).
    • Call 1-800-CUT-SMOG.
    • If you prefer to use email, email [email protected]
  • How to Report a Smog Offender
    Provide the offender's information over the phone or in the body of your email.
    • Provide the vehicle's license plate number. Note that the AQMD only has jurisdiction over vehicles that are registered in California.
    • Provide the make of the vehicle.
    • Provide the date, time, and location of the observation.

Report a smog offender in Texas.

  • How to Report a Smog Offender
    Contact the North Central Texas Regional Smoking Vehicle Program (RSVP).
    • Do this if you spotted the smog offender in North Central Texas. This includes the counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.
    • Call #SMOKE from a wireless phone or (817) 704-2522 from a land line.
  • How to Report a Smog Offender
    Provide the offender's information over the phone or on the Internet form.
    • Provide the date, time, and location of the observation.
    • Provide the license plate number. Note that only vehicles that are registered in Texas are subject to enforcement.
    • Provide the vehicle type.
  • How to Report a Smog Offender
    Contact the Smoking Vehicle Program.
    • Do this if you spotted the smog offender outside of North Central Texas. Note that only vehicle's registered in Texas are subject to enforcement.
    • Call 1-800-453-SMOG.
    • If you prefer to use the Internet, report the smog offender at the following URL:http://www.mytxcar.org/SmokingVehicles/SmokingVehicleEnterSighting.dll/EXEC/0/0s9uix61jwp7501g0olot0ch8368.
  • How to Report a Smog Offender
    Provide the offender's information over the phone or on the Internet form.
    • Provide the date, time, and location of the observation.
    • Provide the vehicle's license plate number.

Report a smog offender in Iowa.

  • How to Report a Smog Offender
    Contact Iowa's Smoking Tailpipe Program.
    • Call 1-888-END-SMOG.
    • Only vehicles that are registered in Iowa are subject to enforcement.
  • How to Report a Smog Offender
    Provide the offender's information over the phone.
    • Follow the instructions of the telephone representative.

Tips

  • If you do not live in California, Texas, or Iowa, check with the motor vehicle agency that serves your area to find out whether or not smog offenders may be reported in your area and the steps that you must take to report them, if applicable.
  • In Texas, law enforcement personnel may issue citations and fines of up to $1,000 to smog offenders.
  • In California, the AQMD does not have the authority to impose fines on smog offenders. However, the California Highway Patrol can cite smog offenders and impose a fine, if necessary.
  • In California, Texas, and Iowa, a letter will be mailed to each accused offender stating which steps must be taken to correct the situation.
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