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Some Things You Should Know About Smog Check
Department of Consumer Affairs – CA Bureau of Automotive Repair
This information is presented to answer some frequently asked questions about California’s Smog Check Program.
Is my vehicle required to get a Smog Check?
For gas-powered vehicles the 1976 model year is the earliest model year vehicle required to participate in the biennial Smog Check Program. Vehicles six years old and newer are not required to participate in the biennial Smog Check Program. For diesel-powered vehicles 1998 model year and newer 14,000lbs and less are subject to the biennial Smog Check Program. The six year exemption does not apply to diesel vehicles.
How often does my vehicle have to be tested?
Your vehicle must be tested every other year. A Smog Check is also required if you sell your vehicle and it is more than four model years old. Some vehicles may require a Smog Check at a Test-Only or Gold Shield station.
How much does a Smog Check cost?
Smog Check prices vary in different areas. Prices for Smog Checks are not regulated.
How can I help my vehicle pass a Smog Check?
Performing proper and regular vehicle maintenance according to your owner’s manual, and not tampering with the emissions control equipment are keys to passing Smog Check.
What happens if my vehicle fails a Smog Check?
In order to complete your registration, you will need to obtain the repairs necessary for it to pass its Smog Check retest. Before beginning repairs, find out if you are eligible for our Consumer Assistance Program (CAP).
What are the environmental benefits of the Smog Check Program?
The Smog Check Program has greatly reduced air pollution created by millions of cars in California. According to the California Air Resources Board, the program removes about 400 tons of smog-forming pollutants from California’s air every day.
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Notice to California Motorists Directed to a STAR Station
from the CA Bureau of Automotive Repair
California Smog Check Program improvements are coming soon. The new STAR Program began January 1, 2013. If your DMV Registration Renewal Notice states that your vehicle requires a Smog Check at a STAR Station, you can find a station list by zip code here.