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Saturdays 8-5: p.m

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Sacramento Roseville  Carmichael Elk Grove North Highlands
5105 Madison Avenue
Sacramento, Ca. 95841
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Frequently asked questions about the Smog Check Program

Is my vehicle required to get a Smog Check?

Your vehicle needs a Smog Check if it is more than six model years old and the model year is 1976 or newer.  (This does not yet include motorcycles.)

*1998-Present Diesel vehicles 14,000lbs and under will be required to have a biennial smog inspection starting January 1st, 2010 after the initial purchase of the new vehicle.  No six year exemption will apply.

What is a STAR Station?

STAR stations are Smog Check stations that meet higher performance standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repair.  Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests (Test Only station), while others are licensed to perform both tests and repairs (Test and Repair station).

The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs.  State law requires that a percentage of vehicles have their Smog Check Inspection performed at a STAR station.

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.

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 the Smog Check.  More Smog Check Tips

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 the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP).

What is CAP and how do I qualify?

The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) provides financial assistance to repair or retire a vehicle that fails a Smog Check.

Repair Assistance —You may also qualify if your income is within certain levels, regardless of where you got your Smog Check.  If you qualify based on income, a $20 co-pay is all that you need.

Vehicle Retirement — If you feel your vehicle is not worth repairing, the State may buy the vehicle from you and have it scrapped at a local dismantler.

To download the CAP application click here.

Any questions about the application call (800)952-5210.

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Consumer Assistance Program (CAP)

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