Frequently Asked Questions: Smog Check Inspector and Smog Check Repair Technician Licensure and Renewals

What type of Smog Check license(s) do I need?

A Smog Check Inspector license is required to inspect and certify vehicle emissions control systems. A Smog Check Repair Technician license is required to diagnose, adjust, and repair vehicle emissions control systems. If you will be inspecting and repairing vehicles, both licenses are required.

How do I apply for a Smog Check Inspector and/or Smog Check Repair Technician license?

To apply for a Smog Check Inspector and/or Smog Check Repair Technician license, you must meet either the certification or education/experience prerequisites indicated on the application. Applicants meeting all requirements must submit a completed application and the applicable fee. The application can be downloaded from the Licensing page at www.bar.ca.gov or call the BAR Licensing Unit at (916) 403-8477 or (855) 735-0462.

What is the next step after I submit my application?

After BAR has reviewed your application and determined your eligibility, the examination administration contractor will mail you a notice with instructions for scheduling your examination(s). Once you pass your examination(s), your wall and badge license will be mailed to you with details on how to activate your license(s).

How often must I renew my license?

Smog Check Inspectors and Smog Check Repair Technicians must renew their licenses every two years. Courtesy renewal notices are mailed out 120 days prior to the expiration date. If you do not receive a courtesy renewal notice in the mail, you are still responsible for renewing your license by the expiration date.

What are the requirements for license renewal?

To renew your Smog Check Inspector and/or Smog Check Repair Technician license, you must meet the continuing education (update training) requirements specified on the renewal notice. Smog Check Repair Technicians must also meet certification requirements in order to renew their license. Licensees meeting all renewal requirements must submit a completed renewal notice and the applicable fee.

Smog Check Inspectors and Smog Check Repair Technicians who do not submit their renewals within one year of the expiration date will be required to submit a new application and fees, take required courses, and retake the examination(s).


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