|Glendale Smog Check & Test Only
425 S. Central Ave. Glendale CA 91204
|NEW TEST ADDED TO SMOG CHECK
|Beginning December 1, 2007, many vehicles will require a test of their fuel evaporative
control (EVAP) system. The test is called the low-pressure Fuel Evaporative Test ("LPFET").
WHAT IS THE TEST FOR?
The EVAP system is designed to capture fuel vapors (hydrocarbons) from the vehicle. The
LPFET is designed to detect leaks in the EVAP system. EVAP systems can degrade over
time and allow smog forming hydrocarbon emissions to escape into the air, even when the
engine is not running. Finding and repairing EVAP leaks will help clean our air by
preventing the release of harmful fuel evaporative emissions from vehicles.
The LPFET will determine if the EVAP system is operating as it was designed by the
manufacturer. The Smog Check technician will use and adaptor in place of the gas cap to
connect the EVAP tester to the vehicle and temporarily seal a vapor line. The EVAP tester
will then apply a small amount of pressure to test the system for leaks.
WHICH VEHICLES ARE BEING TESTED?
Most vehicles between the model year 1976 and 1995
WHICH VEHICLES ARE EXEMPT?
Model-year 1996 and newer. These vehicles are equipped with on-board computer systems
that monitor the EVAP system and do not need this test.
1976-1995 model-year vehicles that:
▲ Were not originally equipped with a fuel evaporative control system
▲ Are powered exclusively by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas
(LNG), or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG);
▲ Do not have a fuel fill pipe adaptor available for the EVAP tester; or
▲ Are equipped with a fuel evaporative system canister and hoses that are not accessible
or would require dismantling or lifting the vehicle to gain access for testing.
WHAT IF THE VEHICLE FAILS THE TEST?
Failing the LPFET will result in the vehicle failing its Smog Check. If a leak is detected, it will
have to be repaired. Smog Check stations licensed to perform repairs employ technicians
who are licensed and have been trained to perform these repairs.
If your vehicle fails its Smog check and needs repair, you may be eligible for up to $500 in
financial assistance. You also may be eligible for $1,000 to retire your vehicle through a
state-approved dismantler. To see if you qualify for either of these programs, contact the
Consumer Assistance Program at 866-272-9642, or check the BAR Web site at www.
© 2007 State of California
STAR Program Fact Sheet
STAR Program Begins
On January 1, 2013, the Bureau of Automotive Repair implemented an important
change to the Smog Check Program. The new STAR Program is the result of state legislation (AB
2289, Statutes of 2010) and years of planning to improve the Smog Check Program. One of the
AB 2289 reforms establishes performance standards for Smog Check stations and inspectors.
The Bureau certifies stations meeting program eligibility requirements.
Smog Check at a STAR Station
Some vehicles require a Smog Check at a STAR station. This includes vehicles that fail Smog
Check due to excessively high emissions levels. It also includes vehicles, based on Smog Check
history and other data, with the greatest likelihood of failing their next inspection. The
Department of Motor Vehicles registration renewal notice indicates if a vehicle requires
inspection at a STAR station. Instructions are provided on the back of the renewal notice to
assist consumers with the STAR Program.
STAR stations must meet specified performance standards established by the Bureau. Some
STAR stations are licensed to perform only tests, while others are licensed to perform both
tests and repairs. The station is required to post a sign on the services it performs.
Finding a STAR Station
STAR stations are required to post a sign so that consumers can
easily identify them. The “STAR” sign is bright red and can
usually be found hanging directly under or near the station’s
“Smog Check” sign.
Consumers can also find a STAR station using the station locator
application on the BAR Web site.
Clean Air Benefits
Despite significant improvements in air quality, California still continues its efforts to meet
federal health-based standards for ozone pollution. With over 10 million vehicles inspected
each year in California, the quality of those inspections is critical. For this reason, the STAR
Program has become a key element of the state plan to further improve the quality of air
Californians breathe. It establishes performance standards for Smog Check stations and
inspectors. In return, these stations and inspectors are provided vehicles that can only be
inspected at a STAR-certified station. This includes vehicles with emissions levels that exceed
allowable state standards and vehicles most likely to fail their next Smog Check. Stations
maintain their STAR certification by having their inspectors perform quality inspections on
these higher polluting vehicles. As these higher polluting vehicles are repaired or retired, the
state’s air quality improves.
Consumer Assistance Program
The Consumer Assistance Program offers financial assistance to consumers whose vehicles fail
Smog Check. Program options provide consumers up to $1,500 to retire a vehicle or up to $500
in emissions-related repairs at a STAR-certified Test and Repair station. Click here to learn
more about the program and to obtain an application.
For More Information
For more information about the STAR Program, visit the BAR Web site at