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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