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Do you need a STAR Station Certified Smog Check or a Regular Smog Check?
Your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration renewal indicates whether your vehicle must be inspected at a STAR station. The Information is on top of your renewal letter.
What is a STAR station?
STAR stations are Smog Check stations that meet higher performance standards established by BAR. Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests, while others are licensed to perform both tests and repairs. The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs.
Who is Responsible for Smog Check When Selling a Vehicle?
When a vehicle is sold or transferred in California, the seller is responsible for getting a smog certificate prior to completing the sale. When you bring a vehicle into California, the owner of the vehicle is required to get a smog certificate prior to registration and sale of the vehicle.
How long does a Smog Check take?
The average Smog Check inspection takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.
What happens if the "Check Engine Light" is on?
If the Check Engine Light is on this usually means a bad thing is going on with the vehicle. If the check engine light is on most likely it will fail at inspection. It can be very costly to repair a failed smog check vehicle. However there are shops that provide a smog check diagnostics before the test is performed. More Information about the Smog Check.