License Processing Data

BAR license processing data, including average timeframes for processing initial applications and license renewals, is made available in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 139.5 (SB 878, Jones, Chapter 131, Statutes of 2020).

Initial Applications

(April - June 2021)

License1 Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer2 781 897 54
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 80 73 25
Smog Check Test-Only Station 50 48 32
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 1 0 N/A
STAR Station3 87 54 13
Brake Station 12 10 25
Lamp Station 12 10 33
Fleet Facility 2 2 4
Certified Training Institution 0 0 N/A
Smog Check Inspector 374 183 53
Smog Check Repair Technician 189 92 63
Brake Adjuster 244 66 46
Lamp Adjuster 268 49 44
Certified Instructor 0 0 N/A
All 2,100 1,484 36

License Renewals

(April - June 2021)

License Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer 9,318 9,318 5
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 1,109 1,109 5
Smog Check Test-Only Station 471 471 5
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 12 12 5
STAR Station N/A N/A N/A
Brake Station 214 214 5
Lamp Station 219 219 5
Fleet Facility 0 0 N/A
Certified Training Institution 18 18 7
Smog Check Inspector 1,631 1,631 5
Smog Check Repair Technician 822 822 5
Brake Adjuster N/A N/A N/A
Lamp Adjuster N/A N/A N/A
Certified Instructor 16 16 10
All 13,830 13,830 6

Licensure Totals

(April - May 2021)

Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Initial Applications 2,100 1,484 36
Renewal License 13,830 13,830 6
Totals 15,930 15,314 21

1 Business and Professions Code section 23 defines "license" as a license, certificate, registration, or other means to engage in a business or profession regulated by the code.

2 An automotive repair dealer holds a registration to conduct business in California.

3 A licensed Smog Check station holds a STAR certification if it meets certain performance criteria established in BAR regulations.