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Formed in 1994 to continue the Equipment Compliance Program which was conducted by American Association Of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) since 1967. AAMVA transferred all program documents, files, agreements and all information regarding the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission to AMECA.

The Automotive Manufacturers Equipment Compliance Agency, Inc. (AMECA) is the agent for various states of the United States to provide safety equipment compliance services. The AMECA program is the only program of its type in the United States. This Equipment Compliance Program is centralized, one-stop, and notifies government, industry and the general public about compliant motor vehicle safety equipment. Our Notice of Equipment Compliance is recognized as evidence of compliance with the regulatory requirements with our representative jurisdictions.

Every item listed by AMECA has been tested by an AMECA-accredited laboratory and found to be in compliance with applicable United States standards. Our clients are the national and international automotive industry, the standards-setting community, numerous state governments, as well as some foreign governments.

List of Compliant Automotive Safety Devices

AMECA maintains a listing of items that have been tested and currently comply with the applicable standards. Called the “Compliance List of Automotive Safety Devices”, this listing is updated monthly and is available free as an Adobe PDF on our website www.ameca.org under List of Compliant Automotive Safety Devices. Currently AMECA lists the following compliance items:

  • FMVSS 106 Brake Hoses
  • FMVSS 108 Automotive Exterior Lamps/lenses
  • FMVSS 111 Exterior Rear View Mirrors
  • FMVSS 116 Brake Fluid
  • FMVSS 125 Safety Warning Triangle
  • FMVSS 205/ANSI Z26.1 Safety Glass
  • SAE/GSA Emergency Warning Lamps
  • VESC V-3 Brake Friction Material
  • VESC V-5 Trailer Hitches


AMECA ISO-Certification Program

AMECA also has ISO-Certification for those wanting to distinguish themselves. Over 80% of consumers surveyied prefer independent certification in their products. More information is available by clicking here.

AMECA Currently offers certified products in the following areas.

  • California Environmental Registration
  • Automotive Exterior Lighting
  • Automotive Safety Glazing Materials
  • Light duty suspension and wheel components

List of Acceptable Plastics

The international “List of Acceptable Plastics for Optical Lenses and Reflectors Used on Motor Vehicles” is also maintained by AMECA. This document is also available free as an Adobe PDF on our website www.ameca.org under List of Acceptable Plastics for Optical Lenses and Reflectors webpage. To be added to the distribution lists for either document please email: info@ameca.org

VESC Information

Many state laws regulating automotive safety equipment were promulgated by the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission (VESC) of the Vehicle Equipment Safety interstate compact. VESC regulations continue to be used by the states. AMECA is the custodian of the VESC files. A complete list of VESC regulations is available at www.VESC.org.

Additional Background

AMECA staff members voluntarily participate on various consensus standards committees such as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) committees on lighting, brakes, emergency lighting and sirens, and the American National Standards Institute, (ANSI) Z26.1 committee on glazing materials.

The AMECA Program is financed exclusively by fees received for processing submissions, laboratory audit charges and from listing fees and publications. We receive no funding from the states we represent or the general public.

Each day we receive communications from every corner of the world with questions we try to answer in order to help industry and governments carry out their needs and responsibilities.

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