When a car is sold, who is responsible for the inspection?
The seller is required to provide the buyer with a valid smog
inspection certification at the time of the sale or transfer. Smog
certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.
The inspection is not required on a transfer if a biennial smog
certification was submitted to DMV within 90 days prior to the vehicle
transfer date (a vehicle inspection report may be required for proof of
Note: Smog certifications are not required for
transfers that occur for any motor vehicle that is four or less model
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?
Q: What are the elements of a Smog Check?
A: In order for your vehicle to receive a Smog Check certificate, it must passallthe following elements of a Smog Check inspection:
- Avisual inspection, in which required emissions control
components and systems are identified, and must appear connected and
- Afunctional inspectionwhich includes, as applicable,
checking the functionality and/or integrity of the emissions control
malfunction indicator light ("Check Engine", etc), the ignition
timing, the gas cap, and the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system, if the
vehicle is so equipped and a Two-Speed Idle (TSI) test is being performed.