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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.
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 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.