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
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.
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).
Most Vehicles will take about 15-20 minutes.
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