76 gas station, 1626 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, California, 94402

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Star Smog - San Mateo

Star Smog San Mateo



Do I Need a Smog Check?

Not all vehicles must get a smog check. Additionally, some vehicles  only need a passing smog check when they are being sold or being  registered in California after previously being registered in another  state. Whether or not a vehicle needs a smog check depends on the type  of vehicle, the model-year, and the area in which the vehicle is  registered.
Under California vehicle emissions control laws and regulations, you must get a smog check for your car in the following cases:

1.) Your Registration Renewal Notice says “Smog Certification Required”

2.) If you are selling your car

3.) If you are bringing a car from out of state

Do I have to smog my car before selling it ?

When you sell a vehicle in California, the seller is responsible for  getting a smog certificate prior to completing the sale. When you bring a  vehicle into California to be registered, you are required to get a  smog certificate prior to registration.

What happens during a smog check?

While performing a smog check, our certified technician will connect  measuring equipment to your vehicle. This equipment is connected to  computers at the Bureau of Automotive Repair.

Measurements taken during the smog check are recorded and available  immediately to BAR. Certifications are immediately transmitted to the DMV. Our staff at Star Smog San Mateo™ will tell you the results of the test. We  will give you a receipt and a copy of the test results, known as a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR).

How long will my smog inspection take ?

Most Vehicles will take about 15-20 minutes. 

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What type of payments do you accept ?

Yes! We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX and cash