Skip to main content
image-car

What is the Difference between Emissions Testing and a Smog Check?


Emissions Testing vs. Smog Check

State and local mandated emissions testing meets the EPA Tier 2 standard, while smog testing meets California's higher standard for EPA Tier 3.

How Do I Know If I Need a Smog Test?

Your DMV registration renewal notice will indicate "Smog Check Required" if your vehicle needs a smog check.

When Is a Smog Check Required?

  • If you are selling a car or truck that is more than four years old
  • When you register an out-of-state vehicle for the first time in California, you will need a smog check
  • Every other year for vehicles that are more than six years old

When Is a Smog Check Not Required?

  • 100% electric-powered vehicles do not need a smog check
  • Motorcycles do not need a smog check
  • Got a classic car? Vehicles that are model-year 1975 and older do not require a smog check
  • Vehicles six model years and newer do not require a biennial Smog check
  • Selling your car? Cars that are four model years and newer do not require a change-of-ownership Smog check
  • Diesel-powered trucks that are model year 1997 and older
  • Diesel-powered trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 pounds


image-people-driving
image-quotes
reviewicon

Honest, reliable auto repair shop. Very knowledgeable and they explain everything in layman's terms. They speak English and Spanish. They've been fixing my vehicles for years, and I've never had a problem. Vehicles are always fixed right the first time. Highly recommend this place.


tire-track-image

Get free Coupons

Take advantage of these great offers!

$20 OFF A/C or Heater Check

R-134 and the new gas 1234YF

Warning Light On?

Free Code Reading with Repair

Most Cars & Light Trucks. Not valid with any other offer.

SUMMER SPECIALS!!

Smog Check

$36.75 Cash Only

Plus State certified VID/DMV charge $8.75. Year 2000 or newer, hybrid & diesel only. Non-Star Station. With this coupon.

partners

ACDelco
NAPA
Mag 1 Oil
Car Care Aware