Fuels Distributor Certification Program

This page last reviewed July 13, 2017

The Motor Vehicle Fuels Distributor Certification Program was established by the California Health and Safety Code (HSC) 43026 in 1990 in response to the involvement of organized crime in the fuel distribution business. This program, in conjunction with fuels inspections and special investigations, reduces the potential for criminal activity in the fuels industry by providing fuels retailers and manufacturers a list of recognized business entities which are registered with the Air Resources Board.

Requirements of the Fuels Distributor Certification Program:

Any motor vehicle fuels distributor who conducts business within the state of California must certify with the ARB. This requirement includes providing the physical location of all records pertaining to the production, purchase and delivery of motor vehicle fuel. The regulation defines a "motor vehicle fuels distributor" as:

"any person who (1) refines, blends, or otherwise produces motor vehicle fuel, or (2) with an ownership interest in the fuel, transports or causes the transport of motor vehicle fuel at any point between a production or import facility and a retail outlet, or sells, offers for sale, or supplies motor vehicle fuel to motor vehicle fuel retailers."

How to Become a Certified Distributor:

To become a certified distributor, please complete the Motor Vehicle Fuel Registration Form and submit to the ARB address on the form by January 1st. Those distributors who fulfill the annual registration requirements by January 1st will be supplied with a certificate of compliance no later than June 30th. The certificate will be effective from July 1st of the year of issuance through June 30th of the following year.

If you submitted a Distributor Certification Form by January 1, 2017 to be included on the 2017/2018 List of Certified Distributors and did not receive a certificate, please email Tony Doan or telephone (916) 229-0401.

If you have other questions or want to request a copy of the list of Registered Fuels Distributors, please email Tony Doan or telephone (916) 229-0401.