Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Program

As required by Assembly Bill 471 (Low, Chapter 372, Statutes of 2021), BAR is in the process of implementing the new Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Program. The program, which became effective on March 27, 2024, consolidates current brake and lamp inspections with other vehicle safety systems assessments into one comprehensive inspection and creates new station and technician licenses. The new program protects consumers by certifying vehicle safety systems, allowing revived salvage vehicles to be registered with DMV and safely returned to the road.

To support the transition from the brake and lamp inspection programs to the new Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Program, BAR has developed a phased implementation approach. Vehicle safety systems inspections will begin on July 8, 2024, and run concurrently with existing brake and lamp inspections until the brake and lamp inspection programs end on September 27, 2024.

Phase 1:
Licensure opens - Apply now!

March 27, 2024

Phase 2:
Inspections begin

July 8, 2024

Phase 3:
Brake & lamp programs end

September 27, 2024


Existing station and adjuster licensees holding both an active brake license AND an active lamp license with no pending disciplinary action and are not on probation with BAR may, until March 27, 2025, qualify for a waiver of the application fee. Existing brake and lamp adjusters also are eligible for a waiver from the required licensing examination and a temporary waiver of required ASE certifications.

Steps to get a station license


  1. Download the manual

    Make sure your station understands the requirements of the new Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Program. The Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Manual details procedures, standards, and requirements for performing vehicle safety systems inspections and issuing certificates of compliance. It also includes important information on equipment requirements for the BAR Safety Inspection System (BAR-SIS).

    Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Manual 

  2. Complete the station checklist

    Use the station checklist to help ensure your station has the equipment, tools, and reference materials required to perform vehicle safety systems inspections. Your station should meet all requirements before applying.

    Complete checklist 

  3. Apply

    The application fee is waived for applicants that have both an active brake station license AND an active lamp station license with no pending disciplinary action and are not on probation with BAR.

    Complete the application, providing all requested information. BAR will notify you of the status of your application and any deficiencies within 14 days of receipt of the application. BAR cannot process a deficient application until all requested information and fees are provided.

    Apply now 

    NOTE: A business must be registered as an automotive repair dealer to get a station license. For information on registration requirements, visit Apply for a Business License.

  4. Pass a station inspection

    If your application is approved, BAR will schedule an onsite station inspection. During the inspection, BAR field staff will verify your station employs a licensed vehicle safety systems technician(s) and has the required equipment, tools, and reference materials. To help ensure your station is prepared for the inspection, see the station checklist and Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Manual.

  5. Purchase certificates of compliance

    After passing the station inspection, purchase certificates conveniently through the BAR Safety Inspection System (BAR-SIS). Make sure your station has registered and downloaded the California Vehicle Inspection System (Cal-VIS) software to your BAR-SIS and completed the online enrollment and participation agreement through the Cal-VIS billing portal.

  6. Print your license

    Your license will be issued after your station successfully passes the station inspection. Be sure to print and post your station’s license and the licenses of all licensed vehicle safety systems inspections technicians employed by the station. All licenses must be mounted under glass or other transparent cover and displayed in a place where the licenses are easily visible, legible, and located adjacent to a counter where customers are served.

    Print license 

Steps to get a technician license


  1. Get ASE certified

    ASE certification is not required for applicants that have both an active brake adjuster license AND an active lamp adjuster license with no pending disciplinary action and are not on probation with BAR. However, certification is required for license renewal.

    For applicants that do not have both an active brake adjuster license AND an active lamp adjuster license, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in each of the following areas is required:

    • Suspension and steering (A4)
    • Brakes (A5)
    • Electrical/electronic systems (A6)
  2. Apply

    The application fee is waived for licensees that have both an active brake adjuster license AND an active lamp adjuster license with no pending disciplinary action and are not on probation with BAR.

    Complete the application, providing all requested information. BAR will notify you of the status of your application and any deficiencies within 14 days of receipt of the application. BAR cannot process a deficient application until all requested information and fees are provided.

    Apply now 

  3. Pass the examination

    The examination is not required for applicants that have both an active brake adjuster license AND an active lamp adjuster license with no pending disciplinary action and are not on probation with BAR.

    If your application is approved, you will be notified by the examination service contractor to schedule your examination. A handbook (candidate information bulletin) is available to help you prepare for the examination.

  4. Print your license

    After you successfully pass the examination and your license is issued, you can conveniently print your license online.

    Print license 

  5. Complete biometric enrollment

    If you are a Smog Check inspector and have already completed biometric enrollment, you do not need to reenroll.

    Vehicle safety systems technicians must complete biometric enrollment to establish a Cal-VIS palm data profile for performing inspections. Contact BAR Field Office Support for enrollment dates and times.

Performing vehicle safety systems inspections


Licensed vehicle safety systems inspection stations and technicians can perform vehicle safety systems inspections, effective July 8, 2024.

Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Manual

Licensees must follow the procedures and requirements for performing a vehicle safety systems inspection as detailed in Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Manual.

Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Manual 

BAR Safety Inspection System

The BAR Safety Inspection System (BAR-SIS) is required to perform vehicle safety systems inspections. For BAR-SIS equipment requirements, see the station checklist and Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Manual.

Biometric enrollment for technicians

Vehicle safety systems technicians must complete biometric enrollment to establish a palm data profile before performing inspections using the BAR-SIS. Learn more

Watch our helpful video

Learn about the new BAR-SIS and preview inspection screens.

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Information about the brake and lamp programs


The brake and lamp programs will run concurrently with the Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Program until September 27, 2024. Upon that date, the brake and lamp programs will end and DMV will no longer accept brake and lamp certificates of compliance for registration purposes.

Brake and lamp license applications are no longer accepted, effective March 27, 2024.

Purchases of brake certificate books and lamp certificate books are limited to one per transaction, effective July 8, 2024. To request a refund for unused certificates, contact BAR Field Office Support at BARenforcement@dca.ca.gov.