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Welcome to Eagle Smog Check Test Only - FAQs

1. How often must I have my car smogged?


Vehicles older than 6 years old must pass a smog test every 2 years before the DMV will renew the registration. Also, any vehicle being sold must pass a smog test if the vehicle is more than 4 years old. This smog test is the responsibility of the seller of the vehicle.

If you are moving from another state and your vehicle is a 1976 or newer model, you must pass a smog test before the DMV will issue a valid registration.
 

2. My DMV Registration Notice says "SMOG CERTIFICATION REQUIRED AT A TEST-ONLY STATION". What does this mean?


To comply with state law, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) directs a portion of the vehicles registered in Enhanced Smog Check Areas to Test-Only stations. Enhanced Areas are those parts of the state with "serious," "severe," or "extreme" ozone pollution problems. Test-Only stations are licensed Smog Check stations that, by law, are only allowed to test cars; they cannot repair them.
 

3. What if I fail my smog test?


We offer a FREE retest if your vehicle doesn't pass the smog test. Just have the vehicle emission system repaired and bring it back to us within 90 days and we'll do the test for free.
 

4. I am not required to have a smog test at a Test-Only station. Can I have the test done at a Test-Only station anyway?


Of course! Test-Only stations are licensed to perform ALL smog tests, including regular biennial smog tests, change of ownership tests, and tests for vehicles brought from another state. Test-Only stations have no vested interest in failing your vehicle because we don't perform repairs; we don't make any money from doing potentially unnecessary repairs to your vehicle.
 

5. Need Financial Help with Your Smog Check Repairs?

The Bureau of Automotive Repair can help you repair your car, and if you don't think it's worth repairing, the state may buy your car! If your vehicle fails its biennial (every other year) Smog Check inspection and you are either income eligible or your DMV Renewal Notice requires you to obtain a Smog Check at a Test-Only station, you may be eligible for the repair assistance program (requires Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher)

6. Where can I get a Consumer Assistance Program application?
Consumer Assistance Program application

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7. How long does a smog test take?


Almost all tests are finished within 15 to 20 minutes. All of our locations have comfortable, clean waiting areas so you can enjoy a cup of coffee while you wait

How much does a smog test cost ?

Prices vary by location, but are very competitive. We also have coupons available. Check out our pricing to see how much your smog test will cost.
 

8. Has the DMV received my smog certificate?


http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/vehtests/pubtstqry.aspx
 

9. When was my vehicle smogged last?


http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/vehtests/pubtstqry.aspx
 

10. Where can I get more information on the California Smog Check Program?


www.smogcheck.ca.gov

 

 

 
 
 

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