CA dirt bikes licensed before the ban are now way over priced because of this.
CA law says CA resident can not license a vehicle bought out of state that
does not meet CA pollution requirements OR have at least 7500 miles on the odometer. (see below quote)
How to use the Loophole:
Dirt bikes don't have odometers.
Buy a dirt bike out of state (licensed in that state).
Have seller sign mileage state with 8000 miles.
You should be able to bring in any out of state licensed dirt bike and get plates in CA for it.
Wil this work? Am I missing something?
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Vehicle from Out of State
The Bottom Line
If you are a California resident and acquire a new car, truck or motorcycle from another state, it must be certified to meet California smog laws in order to be registered here.
Aren’t All Vehicles California Certified?
Not all new vehicles are manufactured to be sold to California residents. Many manufacturers make vehicles to be sold in the other 49 states. These vehicles (49-State) are made with smog equipment that meets federal emission standards, but not California standards. 50-State or California certified vehicles are made to be sold to California residents.
What Is Considered a New Vehicle?
California law considers any vehicle with less than 7,500 miles on the odometer when acquired by a California resident to be a new vehicle. This holds true whether or not the vehicle has been registered in another state. If you acquire a new vehicle from another state, you may not subsequently drive it to accumulate over 7,500 miles to circumvent the law. DMV cannot accept an application to register the vehicle, and you will be told to remove it from the state immediately.