This page last reviewed May 3, 2012
The DMS web address has changed. The new address is: https://ssl.arb.ca.gov/edms
What is ARB DMS?
of new motor vehicles and engines
must show compliance with the California emission requirements before
they are legal for sale, use, or registration in the state. To show
compliance, manufacturers must supply applications and supporting
documents to the Air Resources Board (ARB) for certification of their
vehicles and engines. Traditionally, manufacturers have
submitted these documents in paper format. They are reviewed
certification staff and stored at ARB. To reduce the bulk of
paper and facilitate
the review of documents, the ARB has introduced an electronic document
management system (ARB DMS). It is an electronic system that
allows manufacturers to send via the internet the certification
ARB. The ARB DMS collects the documents and routes them to
staff for review. Manufacturers may track the progress of their
receive approval notification electronically.
Usage of the ARB DMS will be required for all manufacturers seeking certification of new mobile source categories of 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.
ARB Electronic Certification Effort
The ARB DMS is one half of the electronic certification effort ongoing at the ARB. The other half of the electronic certification effort is called E-Cert. The E-Cert is the ARB companion product for the United States Protection Agency's (U.S. EPA) Verify project. The ARB is cooperatively participating in the Verify project with the U.S. EPA and the manufacturers so as to harmonize certification application data for all certification categories. This effort will also allow manufacturers to submit this harmonized data in an electronic database format called XML. The first category, Motorcycle, has been developed and is operating. The subsequent categories will be implemented in a phased-in approach one category at a time.
MAC 2007-01 : Policy regarding the use of Electronic Signatures in ARB DMS.
- Mail out: MSO 08-01 Compliance Assistance and Certification Workshop for Highway Motorcycles, Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles, and Small Off-Road Engines and Equipment to be conducted on February 20, 2008
- The ARB DMS was introduced to manufacturers at a workshop on february 1, 2006 in El Monte, California. The workshop provided the manufacturers with a description of and a live demonstration of the ARB DMS.