WHAT IS A SMOG CHECK
The Smog Check Program is an important part of the State’s efforts to improve the air we breathe. Smog Check inspections are designed to identify vehicles with excess emissions so they can be properly repaired. The program has greatly reduced air pollution created by millions of cars in California.
WHY DOES IT MATTER SMOG CHECK PROGRAM
The Smog Check is a critical part of California’s clean air strategy. The Smog released by vehicles contains pollutants that react chemically in the presence of sunlight. These pollutants can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, aggravate asthma, and damage the lining of the lungs. Taking care of any issues identified during your vehicle’s Smog Check will help improve air quality throughout the state.
WHO OVERSEES THE SMOG CHECK PROGRAM ?
The California Department of consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair administer the Smog Check Program. Vehicles are inspected each year by more than 7000 State-licenced and independently owned stations throughout the state.
WHEN IS MY VEHICLE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SMOG CHECK?
If your vehicle is subject to a Smog Check, your DMV registration renewal notice will indicate every other year that a Smog Check is required. A Smog Check inspection is also required when a vehicle is sold or when registering a vehicle for the first time in California.
DO I NEED TO TAKE ANYTHING WITH ME TO MY SMOG CHECK?
If your DMV registration renewal notice requires a Smog Check, remember to take the notice with you. This will help ensure that the correct vehicle information and test results are electronically sent to DMV.
WHAT IS A STAR STATION?
Some vehicles require a Smog Check at a STAR station. STAR stations meet specified performance standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only test, while others are licensed to perform both tests and repairs. The stations required to post a sign on the services it is licensed to perform.