Drayage Truck Registry Help Information

This page last reviewed March 16, 2012

Welcome to the ARB Equipment Registration (ARBER) help page for the Drayage Truck Regulation.  Online registration will allow you to create a company profile and establish a user account to register and update trucks in the Drayage Truck Registry (DTR).  The information below is provided to assist owners in order to complete the drayage truck and compliance information page.  If you have any further questions please call the drayage truck helpline at 1-888-247-4821 or email your questions


In December 2007, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved a new regulation to reduce emissions from drayage trucks at California's ports and intermodal rail yards. Staff subsequently proposed, and the board approved, changes to the regulation at the ARB's December 17th, 2010 hearing. These changes became law on November 9th, 2011, per the Office of Administrative Law approval.

Why is this regulation needed?

Drayage trucks tend to be older vehicles with little or no emission controls. These vehicles tend to congregate near ports and rail yards and emit large amounts of smog forming oxides on nitrogen (NOx), and toxic soot (Particulate Matter (PM)). Nearby communities are more heavily impacted by these emissions which contribute to many adverse health effects, including asthma, cancer, and premature deaths. Reducing emissions from these trucks is necessary to meet federally imposed clean air standards and to reduce adverse health effects - especially to nearby communities.

What types of vehicles are subject to this regulation?

The regulation applies to all on-road class-7* and class 8 (GVWR > 26,000 lbs) diesel-fueled vehicles that visit California's ports and intermodal rail yards regardless of the state or country of origin or visit frequency. The regulation does not apply to certain types of vehicles including emergency vehicles, military tactical support vehicles and dedicated use vehicles.

*During the December 2010 Board hearing, the Board approved the expansion of the regulation's applicability to include class-7 trucks (GVWR 26,001 to 33,000 lbs) and drayage trucks operating off of port or intermodal rail yard properties. These changes will become effective pending Office of Administrative Law approval.

Can I re-certify my truck to lower the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)?

No. According to Vehicle Code Section 350:

  • "Gross Vehicle Weight Rating" (GVWR) means the weight specified by the manufacturer as a loaded weight of the single vehicle.

The GVWR on the certification label can only be assigned by the manufacturer and it is the only valid GVWR for complying with the Drayage Truck Regulation's requirements.

Who must comply with the regulation?

The regulation establishes requirements for drayage truck drivers, drayage truck owners, motor carriers that dispatch drayage trucks, port and marine terminals, intermodal rail yards, and port and rail authorities.

What does the regulation require?

In general, the regulation requires emission reductions from drayage trucks as well as recordkeeping and reporting to help monitor compliance and enforcement efforts. The basic responsibilities for each stakeholder are as follows: truck drivers must provide motor carrier contact information, load destination, and origin to enforcement officers, if requested; truck owners are required to register their trucks in the State administered Drayage Truck Registry (DTR), ensure their trucks meet emission standards by the appropriate deadline dates (see table below), and ensure that emission control technologies are functioning properly; motor carriers must ensure that dispatched trucks are compliant with the regulation, provide a copy of the regulation to truck owners, and keep dispatch records for fi ve years; and terminals are required to collect information from each noncompliant truck entering their facility and report it to their respective port or rail authority, who then reports this information to the ARB.

When do truck owner requirements take effect?

The regulation requires truck owners to register their trucks in the State run DTR prior to port or railyard entry. Truck owners are also required to meet emission standards shown in the following table.

Class 8 compliance schedule
Truck Engine Model Year Emission Requirements
1993 and OlderProhibited by December 31, 2009
1994 thru 2003After December 31, 2009, reduce PM emissions by 85% and After December 31, 2013, meet 2007 engine emission standard
2004After December 31, 2011, reduce PM emissions by 85% and After December 31, 2013 , meet 2007 engine emission standard
2005 and 2006After December 31, 2012, reduce PM emissions by 85% and After December 31, 2013, meet 2007 engine emission standard
2007-2009Compliant through 2022
2010 and NewerFully compliant

Class 7 compliance schedule
Truck Engine Model Year Emission Requirements
thru 2006 while operating in the South Coast Air Basin After December 31, 2011, reduce PM emissions by 85% and After December 31, 2013, meet 2007 engine emission standard
thru 2006After December 31, 2013, meet 2007 engine emission standard
2007 thru 2009Compliant through 2022
2010 and NewerFully compliant

What are the benefits of the regulation?

The regulation is projected to provide significant emission reductions that will have a positive air quality impact in California - especially in and around affected ports and intermodal rail yards. PM emissions are projected to be reduced by about 2.6 tons per day starting in 2010 and NOx emissions are projected to be reduced by 34 tons per day starting in 2014. Staff estimates that approximately 580 premature deaths would be avoided by 2014 in addition to 17,000 fewer cases of asthma-related symptoms.

Is incentive money available?

Incentive funds may be available in many areas of the state. Please see the following ARB website for additional information: www.arb.ca.gov/ba/fininfo.htm.

For more information

Contact the ARB Drayage Truck Hotline at 888-247-4821. Please visit our website at : www.arb.ca.gov/drayagetruck To obtain this document in an alternative format or language please contact the ARB's Helpline at (800) 242-4450 or at helpline@arb.ca.gov. TTY/TDD/ Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.


Please review the Drayage Trucks Frequently Asked Questions document for additional information.

Below is a description of the required information needed to complete the drayage truck registration.


Drayage Truck Compliance Info Table Information Description Links
Truck Identification Information
Truck Manufacturer This information can be located on the trucks Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration.  
Truck Model Year This information can be located on the trucks Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) This information can be located on the trucks Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration.
Truck License Plate Number This information can be located on the trucks Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration.
State or Province of Issuance This information can be located on the trucks Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration.
Truck Engine Information
Engine Manufacturer This information can be located on the trucks engine plate.
Engine Family Name The engine family name is only required if the truck is installed with a Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategy (VDECS). This information can be located on the trucks engine plate or the VDECS installation invoice or from the installer.  
Engine Model This information can be located on the trucks engine plate.
Engine Model Year This information can be located on the trucks engine plate.
Compliance Status
Verified Diesel Emissions Control Strategy (VDECS) All 1994-2003 drayage trucks certified to California or federal emission standards must install a level 3 VDECS.   Link to all ARB approved VDECS 
VDECS  Manufacturers Name This information can be located on the VDECS label. Use the drop box menu to select from the currently verified devices.  The manufacturer name should be located on the VDECS invoice or available from the equipment installer. If the device is not listed, please contact the us at 1-888-247-4821. Link to all ARB approved VDECS
VDECS Serial Number This information can be located on the VDECS label. The serial number should be located on the VDECS equipment,  on the installation invoice or available from the  installer. Link to all ARB approved VDECS
VDECS Family Name This information can be located on the VDECS label. Link to all ARB approved VDECS
Installer Information
Installer Contact Information The installer contact information is required if the truck was installed with a Level 3 VDECS.  This information will be used to verify equipment installation and maintenance records.
Installer Name Enter the name of the VDECS installer.
Installer Address Enter the address of the VDECS installer.
Installer City Enter the city of the VDECS installer.
Installer State/Province Enter the state or province of the VDECS installer.
Installer Zip Code Enter the zip code of the VDECS installer.
Installer Country Enter the country of the VDECS installer.
Installer Telephone Number Enter the telephone number of the VDECS installer.

If you have any further questions please contact the drayage truck helpline

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