Banner--Importation and Certification FAQ's Directory

Part 1 Group 1 All Vehicles

Importation and Certification FAQ's

Group 4: Equipment

  1. Importing Motor Vehicle Equipment.
  2. Importing an Engine or Transmission.

1. Importing Motor Vehicle Equipment.

In order to be imported, motor vehicle equipment that is subject to an FMVSS has to be manufactured to conform to that standard and be so certified by its original manufacturer. This is true whether the equipment is new or used. The equipment standards include those pertaining to:

FMVSS No. 106 Brake hoses
FMVSS No. 108 Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment
FMVSS No. 109 New pneumatic tires
FMVSS No. 110 Tire selection and rims
FMVSS No. 116 Motor vehicle brake fluids
FMVSS No. 117 Retreaded pneumatic tires
FMVSS No. 119 New pneumatic tires for vehicles
FMVSS No. 120 Tire selection and rims for motor vehicles
FMVSS No. 125 Warning devices
FMVSS No. 129 New non-pneumatic tires for passenger cars
FMVSS No. 139 New pneumatic radial tires for light vehicles
FMVSS No. 205 Glazing materials
FMVSS No. 209 Seat belt assemblies
FMVSS No. 213 Child restraint systems
FMVSS No. 218 Motorcycle helmets
FMVSS No. 223 Rear impact guards
FMVSS No. 304 Compressed natural gas fuel container integrity
FMVSS No. 403 Platform lift systems for motor vehicles

Also, certain motor vehicle replacement parts must meet the marking requirements of 49 CFR Part 541 Federal motor vehicle theft prevention standard.

Any equipment subject to any of the above standards must be in compliance at the time of importation. Non-compliant equipment may not be imported.

2. Importing an Engine or Transmission.

There is no FMVSS that applies to engines and transmissions as equipment items. Therefore, their importation is not regulated by DOT. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does regulate the importation of engines. Further information on this subject may be found on the EPA’s website at, or by contacting that agency at 734-214-4100.

Part 2 Group 2 Motorcycles and Scooters
Part 3 Group 3 Trailers and Heavy Trucks
Part 4 Group 4 Equipment
Part 5 Group 5 Import Eligibility Petitions
Part 6 Group 6 Motor Vehicle Exportation
Part 8 Abbreviations Defined
Part 9 Appendix
Back to Top Next Back to Index Page Back to NHTSA Home Page