What Is a STAR Station Smog Check?


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A STAR station smog check is smog check done at a station that is closely monitored by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs. The BAR has a higher standard for vehicle smog checks than other stations.

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What Is a STAR Station Smog Check?
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The STAR program was instituted in California in 2013. When certain drivers receive their vehicle registration renewal notice from the DMV, they may also see a note instructing them to get certification at a STAR station.

Vehicles that previously failed a smog check, have a high chance of failing or are one of a random sample of vehicles are chosen to have a smog check by a STAR station. Inspections performed at a STAR station cost more than a regular smog inspection.

There are two types of STAR stations: STAR Test Only Centers only inspect the vehicle, while STAR Test and Repair stations test and repair any problems that are found.

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