In the event that your vehicle fails the California emissions smog inspection test there are a few options you have. You can bring your vehicle to a repair shop with the print out you received from your California emissions smog check that will tell the service shop what repairs are needed on the car.
If you are suffering from financial hardship you may qualify for the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP). CAP is a program that provides up to $500 in financial assistance to qualified individual for their emissions related vehicle repairs. To qualify for the CAP program you must meet income eligibility requirements.
Once your vehicle has received the proper repair to fix the item(s) that failed the emissions testing inspection you can bring your vehicle back to an emissions testing inspection center to have your vehicle retested. If you have an issue that you would like to report concerning either the emissions testing you received or the vehicle repairs you received related to your emissions testing you can call the Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-916-952-5210 to receive a form to file your official complaint.