Importing a Vehicle

Importation and Certification FAQs

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The Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (OVSC) has expanded the current Importation and Certification Division web site to include a section entitled “Frequently Asked Questions.” In this section we have attempted to address some common questions and concerns that the office deals with on a regular basis. If your question has not been addressed, please refer to Related Government Agencies for further assistance.

Abbreviations used in these FAQs are defined as follows:

AbbreviationWhat it means
AAMVAAmerican Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
CPSCConsumer Products Safety Commission
DMVDepartment of Motor Vehicles
DOTUnited States Department of Transportation
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
FMCSAFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FMVSSFederal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
GAWRGross Axle Weight Rating
MCOManufacturer’s Certification of Origin
NHTSANational Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NICBNational Insurance Crime Bureau
OCCOffice of Chief Counsel
OVSCOffice of Vehicle Safety Compliance
RVIARecreational Vehicle Industry Association
RIRegistered Importer
RHDRight-Hand Drive
RVRecreational Vehicle
SAESociety of Automotive Engineers
VINVehicle Identification Number
WMIWorld Manufacturer Identifier
Abbreviations used in these FAQs