Here's the ultimate guide to getting your smog inspection certificate for the California DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you to save you time.


What You’ll Need

📌 Your driver’s license

📌 Proof of insurance

📌 Vehicle title (if you own the vehicle outright)

📌 Vehicle registration

📌 Payment for inspection fee (varies by location)


What You’ll Do

Step 1: Find your nearest California Bureau of Automotive Repair smog inspection location

  • Optional: call station to make an appointment and/or determine the fee

Step 2: Bring your vehicle to the chosen smog inspection station

  • Pass the inspection
  • Receive your smog inspection certificate
  • Optional: request that inspection station report the results to the DMV electronically (most do this automatically)

Step 3: Utilize the certificate within 90 days before it expires!


Caveats and Exceptions

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