Smog & Emissions


California Smog Checks

California Smog Certification and Repair Station

For decades Joe’s Foreign Automotive has proudly been testing vehicles and performing emission system repairs in an effort to help improve California's air quality. We are a licensed State of California, Star Certified Smog Check Station. We can test your vehicle and if repairs are needed our emissions specialist can perform them and then run the final test to certify the vehicle. There is no need to take your vehicle to multiple shops to complete the process.

Inspection Requirements and Exemptions

California requires all vehicles to undergo a smog inspection EXCEPT:

  • Gasoline-powered vehicles model year 1975 and older. Natural gas-powered vehicles weighing over 14,000 lbs. .
  • Diesel-powered vehicles that:
  • Are model year 1997 and older.

OR

  • Have a gross weight rating of over 14,000 lbs.
  • Electric vehicles.
  • Motorcycles.

Smog Inspection Exemptions

If your vehicle is 6 years old or less, you do NOT have to have your vehicle smog checked every 2 years. Instead, you'll pay an annual $20 smog abatement fee for your first 6 years of registration. After these first 6 years, you will be subject to the regular smog check program.

The smog abatement fee does not apply to:

  • Nonresident vehicles.
  • Diesel-powered vehicles model year 1998 and newer weighing under 14,000 lbs.
  • Specially constructed vehicles model year 1976 and newer.

These vehicles are still part of the biennial smog certification program and must be inspected every 2 years.

For more information, check out the DMV's page on Smog Check info.