This page last reviewed on August 20, 2013
What is E-Cert?
Manufacturers of motor vehicles and engines must show compliance with California emission requirements before their products are legal for sale, use, or registration in the State. To show compliance, manufacturers must apply to the Air Resources Board (ARB) for certification of their vehicles and engines. Traditionally, manufacturers have submitted these applications in paper format. They are reviewed by certification staff and stored at ARB. To improve the process for certification, ARB has introduced E-Cert, an electronic application submittal system. E-Cert loads files and allows for staff review of an application. Manufacturers receive an electronic notification when their application has been loaded into E-Cert.
Usage of E-Cert will be required for all manufacturers seeking certification of new motor vehicles and engines: passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty vehicles, on-road and off-road motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, heavy-duty engines and vehicles, off-road compression ignition engines, small off-road engines, large spark ignition engines, and spark-ignition marine engines.
- A public workshop was held on Thursday November 6, 2008 to present new data requirements for heavy-duty diesel E-Cert certification applications. For more information please see the workshop notice.
- ARB has started the process of designing Heavy-Duty E-Cert. The
initial step involves gathering data requirements for the Heavy-Duty
vehicle/engine category. Like other E-Cert categories, Heavy-Duty
Diesel will be submitting certification applications through XML. The
data requirements contains the information that Heavy-Duty
manufacturers will need to supply for a certification application. As
Heavy-Duty E-Cert development progresses, additional information will
be posted on this page. Heavy-Duty Data Requirements (posted after the
- This document describes the database fields in detail such as field names, description, data type, size, domain, and nullability.
The Light-Duty vehicle category is the next category being phased into E-Cert. ARB has developed a website for manufacturer's to submit XML formatted certification applications directly to E-Cert. The certification applications should be formatted using the Light-Duty Vehicle XML Schema.
- Light-Duty Vehicle InfoPath Form
- Based on the comments that ARB received during the workshop held on January 23, 2008, ARB created a user-friendly form for manufacturers to enter data. The form, which was created with Microsoft InfoPath 2003, will provide manufacturers with a means of entering and saving data as an XML file. The only requirement to use this form is that you must have Microsoft InfoPath 2003 or greater, which is part of Microsoft Office Professional Edition.
- InfoPath Form Last Updated: September 25, 2013
- Light-Duty Vehicle Data Requirements
- This document describes the database's fields in detail. It contains information pertaining to a field's name, description, size, and domain.
- Data Requirements Last Updated: June 6, 2013
- Light-Duty Vehicle XML Schema
- The XML schema is a guideline for describing how to form a valid XML document. Formatting the applications based on the schema will ensure that the applications will be processed by E-Cert. Applications not formatted correctly, will not be loaded into E-Cert.
- The Light-Duty Vehicle XML schema changes are listed in the data requirements.
- XML Schema Last Updated: September 25, 2013
- User Guides
- These user guides illustrate which fields are required for each vehicle fuel category and operating fuel combinations. The ZIP file includes the PDF user guides and the XML files which were used to create them.
- E-Cert Business Rules
- This document details rules regarding: manufacturer and user registration, XML file submissions, and the E-Cert Application Loader website.
- Past Workshops
- A public workshop was held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Click here to download the slides from that workshop.
- A public workshop was held on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Click here to download the documents from that workshop.
- A public workshop was held on Wednesday, January 23, 2008. Click here to download the documents from that workshop.
- E-Cert Application Loader User Guide
- This document provides instructions for uploading applications (XML files) into the E-Cert system using the E-Cert Application Loader website.
How to Register with ARB?
E-Cert Computer Requirements
- Internet Explorer 7.0+ browser
Acceptable Electronic Document Formats
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