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Santa Rosa Smog Check - Test Only & STAR Certified

July 28, 2011 by Dino Basaldella

Santa Rosa smog check station.

Smog checks are generally required for vehicle registration or when transferring ownership of a vehicle. Here in California a smog check is required on most vehicles every two years, a.k.a. biennial inspection. Registered vehicle owners in Sonoma County will receive an annual Registration Renewal notice from the DMV. Near the top, you may see "SMOG Certificate Required" - indicating a smog check will need to be performed before you can obtain a current vehicle registration.

As part of an ongoing effort to comply with state laws, California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in cooperation with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) directs certain vehicles registered in Enhanced Smog Check Areas to Test-Only smog stations in Santa Rosa and certified STAR smog inspection centers. If your vehicle has been "Directed" as result of a random selection process or because it matches High Emmissions Profile (HEP) criteria, "Test-Only" or "STAR Station" will be indicated on your vehicle's registration renewal notice.

During a smog check at our Santa Rosa STAR Certified center, a certified technician will attach diagnostic equipment to your vehicle to measure emmisions output. This data is transmitted to the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). The results of the smog check are referred to as Vehicle Inspection Report or VIR. If your vehicle passes the smog test, the BAR will transmit the Certificate directly to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Please Contact Us to schedule a smog check for your car.

Smogchecks are not required under certain circumstances (e.g. depending upon the age of your vehcile, type and physical location, etc.). Is your vehicle smog exempt? Refer to the Vehicle Exemptions pdf chart at the BAR webiste.

Please refer to SMOG INSPECTION FAQ for additional information.

Help! My Car Failed a Smog Check!

Don't despair. You still have multiple options to comply with smog requirements.

  • Have your car diagnosed and repaired at a Test and Repair facility.
  • Obtain a Repair Cost Waiver through a Smog Check Referee Center.
  • The State of California offers a Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) and is administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). This program is designed to improve California's air quality and had two levels:
    • Retire a qualified vehicle and receive up to $1,500.
    • Receive up to $500 in financial assistance towards emmisions-related repairs.

For complete CAP details and to obtain a CAP application or for additional information regarding the Repair Cost Waiver, please visit the BAR website at www.smogcheck.ca.gov.

Smog Check in Sebastopol?

Maybe. Maybe not...

Although most residents of Sebastopol, CA 95472 are within an "Enhanced Smog Zone" requiring a biennial inspection, some reside at a physical location which falls outside the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) - where smog checks are currently not required. To the best of our knowledge, there is no formal name or term designated to this occurance. However, we have compiled an excellent resource for Sebastopol residents who may be smog exempt and not even aware of it! Or, for those who are aware, but have failed in attempts to substantiate their smog-exempt status to the DMV. For further information, please refer to Sebastopol Smog Check.

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Call us today at 707-571-8866 to schedule a Smog Check in Santa Rosa for your vehicle.