License Processing Data

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

Initial License Applications

(July - September 2021)

License1 Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer2 866 539 39
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 68 55 22
Smog Check Test-Only Station 57 45 42
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 0 0 N/A
STAR Station3 99 67 13
Brake Station 17 8 55
Lamp Station 17 8 55
Fleet Facility 1 1 7
Certified Training Institution 1 1 7
Smog Check Inspector 438 166 54
Smog Check Repair Technician 186 65 80
Brake Adjuster 196 51 49
Lamp Adjuster 205 44 47
Certified Instructor 1 0 N/A
Total 2,152 1,050 39

License Renewal Applications

(July - September 2021)

License Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer 7,895 7,895 5
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 1,017 1,017 5
Smog Check Test-Only Station 489 489 5
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 14 14 5
STAR Station N/A N/A N/A
Brake Station 192 192 5
Lamp Station 184 184 5
Fleet Facility 0 0 N/A
Certified Training Institution 46 4 10
Smog Check Inspector 1,587 1,587 5
Smog Check Repair Technician 709 709 5
Brake Adjuster 42 42 5
Lamp Adjuster 36 36 5
Certified Instructor 14 10 6
Total 12,225 12,179 6

All Licensing Applications

(July - September 2021)

Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Initial License Applications 2,152 1,050 39
License Renewal Applications 12,225 12,179 6
Total 14,377 13,229 23

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.