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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 and the
Information is on top of your renewal letter.
What is a STAR Certified Smog Check Center?
STAR Certified Smog Check Centers meet higher performance standards
established by BAR. Some are licensed to perform only tests, while
others are licensed to perform both tests and Auto repair. The
station is required to post a sign on the services it performs. The California STAR program began on January 1, 2013. The STAR program sets smog check standards, and it replaces the old Gold Shield and Test Only program.
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. If the car you are selling is less than four years old, you do not need to get a smog inspection. Instead, the new owner of the car will need to pay a Smog transfer fee
How long does a Smog Check or Smog Test Only take?
The average Smog Inspection takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Some Test Centers will take reservations if you call in advance.
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.
What If My Vehicle Fails the Smog Inspection?
If your car fails the smog inspection, you should contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Referee Program. They can help you find out what your next steps are. Online: asktheref.org/Services/Smog-Check-Results-Review or call 1-800-622-7733
Your vehicle Does NOT Need a Smog Check Inspection if:
Gasoline-powered vehicle is a 1975 year model or older (This includes motorcycles and trailers.)
Diesel-powered vehicle is a 1997 and older year model OR with a Gross Vehicle Weight of more than 14,000 pounds.
Powered by natural gas and weighs more than 14,000 pounds.
An electric vehicle.
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