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FAQ: What kind of smog test station do I need for my test?

TEST ONLY STATIONS can test any and ALL vehicles -- including "gross polluters". Read the notice you received from the DMV. If it says "Test Only" -- then you are required to take your car to a test only station. If your DMV notice makes no mention of a Test Only requirement, then you can take your vehicle to any state licensed Gold Shield, Test & Repair, or Test Only station.


FAQ: What is the difference between a "Test Only", "Test & Repair", and "Gold Shield" station?

A state licensed Test Only station can only test your vehicle and is not authorized to make any needed repairs. A licensed Test & Repair station can test your vehicle -- and repair it if need be -- but cannot retest the vehicle if it was originally directed to a Test Only station. A Gold Shield station is a special Test and Repair station that can also certify gross polluters. Gold Shield stations can also repair and retest vehicles that were directed to a Test Only station -- and failed the test.

Today, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) directs approximately 40% of all vehicles to "test only" stations -- especially those makes and models deemed to exhibit what is termed a "High Emitter Profile" or HEP.


FAQ: How much will a smog test cost?

Smog test pricing is not regulated by the state -- however, the cost of the Certificate of Compliance is mandated by the State to be $8.25 and will not vary. Normally, smog check pricing will include the smog inspection and certificate cost (pass through). Some stations also charge an additional fee to access and update the State Vehicle Information Database (VID) - sometimes also called a "transfer fee" or "VID" fee. When your vehicle passes, the Smog Certificate is transmitted electronically to the DMV.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS -- FEEL FREE TO GIVE US A CALL. WE'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS.


FAQ: What Do I Do If My Vehicle Fails Smog Check?

You will need to get your vehicle repaired at a state-licensed Test and Repair station so it can pass its Smog Check retest in order to complete your registration. But, first see if you are eligible for our Consumer Assistance Program.


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