The New STAR Program--Effective January 1, 2013
What is a STAR station?
Some vehicles require a Smog Check at a STAR station. STAR stations must meet specified performance standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests, while others are licensed to perform both test and repairs. The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs.
How will I know if my vehicle needs a test at a STAR station?
Your DMV registration renewal form will indicate whether your vehicle must be inspected at a STAR station.
Where an I get a CAP application?
To obtain a CAP application for either Repair Assistance or Vehicle Retirement, visit www.smogcheck.ca.gov or call 800-952-5210