Portable Fuel Containers - Gas Cans

This page last reviewed September 7, 2017


What's New:

September 7, 2017 new6

April 3, 2017 new6

  • The amended regulations are effective as of April 1, 2017.  All new certifications must comply with the amended procedures.  Please refer to the following documents to see the new requirements.

February 3, 2017

  • OAL approved the February 18, 2016 rulemaking and filed it with the Secretary of State on February 2, 2017.  The effective date of the amended regulation is April 1, 2017.  Please click on Regulatory Links in the Program Links and select February 18, 2016 Rulemaking to see all rulemaking activity.

December 10, 2011

  • You can now check the status of your certfication application. Please click the certification status link in the Program Links.


The Portable Fuel Container (PFC) regulations are an important concept in our efforts to improve California's air quality. PFCs, also known as gas cans, are used to fill a variety of equipment including lawnmowers, vechicles and personal watercraft. The goal of this program is to ensure that spillage and evaporative emissions are minimized or eliminated. Because of their large numbers, PFCs have the potential to create substantial hydrocarbon emissions resulting in ozone-forming smog and health related problems. As of July 1, 2007, all PFCs sold in California must be certified by the Air Resources Board as meeting low-emission standards and regulatory requirements.