On January 1, 2013, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (Bureau) implemented an important change to the Smog Check Program. The new STAR Program is the result of state legislation (AB2289, Statutes of 2010) and years of planning to improve the Smog Check Program. One of the AB2289 reforms establishes performance standards for Smog Check stations and inspectors. The Bureau certifies stations meeting program eligibility requirements.
Smog Check at a STAR Station
Some vehicles require a Smog Check at a STAR station. This includes vehicles that fail Smog Check due to excessively high emissions levels. It also includes vehicles, based on Smog Check history and other data, with the greatest likelihood of failing their next inspection. The Department of Motor Vehicles registration renewal notice indicates if a vehicle requires inspection at a STAR station. Instructions are provided on the back of the renewal notice to assist consumers with the STAR Program.
STAR stations must meet specified performance standards established by the Bureau. Some STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests, while others are licensed to perform both tests and repairs. The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs.
Currently Apple Valley Smog Check is licensed to perform only tests.