Seems about right.We don't have emission checks in my area, so what does that say about my state's politics? And I know another very conservative state does check for emissions but has no routine safety checks. You can't predict this based on state politics.
But let's get back on topic. Diode Dynamics' web page for the SL1 bulbs now states:
Since the FMVSS108 document does not specifically exclude LED bulbs from housings that came with halogen bulbs, it would seem the problem is just lack of DOT certification, which would be quite tricky if not impossible to accomplish, since the proper photometry that FMVSS108 requires would need the proper spline adjustment of each bulb to suit the headlamp housing. Even if they could get certification by selling bulbs specifically adjusted for each vehicle, that would add additional cost to an already expensive bulb. Not to mention, in less than 10 years all new vehicles are going to come with LED headlights standard, and so how much market is there going to be for LED replacements for halogens in older cars. Answer: Not enough.
And certainly hearing what I just speculated from DD directly would be better.