If you are renewing your registration, you only need to take your vehicle, your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Registration Renewal Notice , and a method of payment for the smog check. If you are transferring a vehicle, or registering it in California for the first time, take the vehicle, a form of payment, and all of your registration documents to Nick’s Smog.
While performing a smog check, our certified technician will connect measuring equipment to your vehicle. This equipment is connected to computers at the Bureau of Automotive Repair.
Measurements taken during the smog check are recorded and available immediately to BAR. Certifications are immediately transmitted to the DMV. Our staff at Nick’s Smog will tell you the results of the test. We will give you a receipt and a copy of the test results, known as a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR).
If your vehicle passes, you may complete your vehicle registration. Be sure to follow the the exact instructions provided by DMV. In some cases, such as paying your fees at a DMV field office, you will have to notify DMV that you received a smog certification before they will send you the renewed registration and sticker.
If your vehicle fails a biennial smog check, you have several options to meet your smog check obligations.