California – General Emissions Information

Last updated on April 26th, 2018

The California emissions smog inspection program is a large program and there are many questions that vehicles owners have concerning the California smog test.  This section will cover some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers relating to the California emissions testing program and policies.

What exactly is the California smog test program?

This program is part of California’s initiative to improve the air quality that people breathe.  The smog test inspection program is designed to check vehicles and determine if they are in need of repair to lower their emissions output into the air.  The CARB says that the smog testing program removes over four hundreds ton of pollutants in the state of California every single day.

Who is responsible to run the California smog testing program?

The California smog check program is administered by the California Department of Consumer Affairs – Bureau of Automotive Repairs division.

How frequently do I need to get a smog test for my vehicle?

Smog tests are required once every two years.  A smog test is also needed if you are going to sell your vehicle as long as your vehicle is older than four years.

How much does a smog check cost in California?

The price for a smog check in the state of California is not regulated so prices can vary.  It is recommended that you call a few places to shop around and ensure you are satisfied with the price you are paying.

What is CAP?

CAP is a program in California that will provide assistance financially for emissions related repairs.  You must qualify in order to participate in this program.

How can I qualify for the CAP program?

CAP qualifications are based on income eligibility requirements.  You can receive up to $500 for emissions repairs to your vehicle.  You will be charged a $20 co-pay.

Where can I get a copy of the CAP application form?

To receive a copy of the CAP application form you can call 1-800-952-5210.

Who can I speak with if I am not satisfied with the emissions smog check done on my car or the emissions repair done on my vehicle?

You can call the Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-916-952-5210 to ask for a complaint form that you may fill out and submit.


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