​SMOG License Requirements

To obtain or renew your CA SMOG check technician license, you must meet the requirements set out by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs. The information you need to know is here. If you have questions about any of this information please contact the BAR's Licensing Division directly at: (916) 255-3145.
 
License Classes and Descriptions
A SMOG Check technician, first and foremost, is a professional, working as a partner with government and the public in cleaning up California's air. Revised regulations established three classes of SMOG Check Technician license.
Technicians employed to perform inspections, repairs, and certifications at stations in the Enhanced program areas must obtain an Advanced Emission Technician License.
 
Intern Technician License
This license does not require an examination.
Use/Expiration: The license is valid for all areas of the state. The license is valid for two years, and is nonrenewable.
Duties: This license allows an individual, under the direction of a supervising Licensed Smog Check technician, to perform repairs or adjustments (no inspections) to the emission control systems on vehicles subject to the SMOG Check Program.
Education/Experience: To qualify for the Intern Technician License, the applicant must provide proof of successful completion of the BAR's Basic Clean Air Car Course. To qualify for the Basic Clean Air Car Course, the applicant must have one year of automotive experience and/or education in the engine performance area.
 
Basic Area Technician License Requirements
This license requires an examination.
Use: The license is valid in the Basic or Change of Ownership program areas of the state.
Duties: This license allows an individual to inspect, diagnose, adjust, repair and certify the emissions control systems on vehicles subject to the Basic Area SMOG Check Program in attainment areas.
Required Training: The applicant must provide proof of one of the following:
  1. Completion of training course(s) approved by BAR in the following areas: Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, and Advanced Engine Performance; or
  2. Certification or a passing score from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence in the certification categories of Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6) and Engine Performance (A8) and Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (LI).
Education/Experience: To qualify to take the examination, the applicant must provide proof of one of the following requirements:
  1. Successful completion within the last 24 months of the Basic Clean Air Car Course. To qualify for the Basic Clean Air Car Course, the applicant must have one year of automotive experience and/or education in the engine performance area; or
  2. Possession of a valid and unexpired Intern Technician License and one year of verifiable experience in the vehicle engine performance area after obtaining the Intern Technician License; or
  3. Possession of either an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, Associate of Science (AS) degree, or a certificate in Automotive Technology from a state accredited or recognized college, public school, or trade school with a minimum of 360 hours of coursework in the engine performance area, and successful completion of BAR's Basic Clean Air Car Course within the last 24 months; or
  4. Possession of a valid and unexpired SMOG Check technician's license other than an Intern Technician License.
Update Training: An initial or renewal applicant must provide proof of successful completion of a BAR-certified update training course (if required).

Locating Providers of Alternative & Update Training: Information regarding alternative and update training courses will be available through BAR's toll-free number, which is (800) 952-5210.

Advanced Emission Specialist Technician License Requirements

This license requires an examination.
Use: The license is valid for all areas within the state.
Duties: The license allows an individual to inspect, diagnose, adjust, repair and certify the emissions control systems on vehicles subject to all SMOG Check program areas.

Required Training: The applicant must provide proof of one of the following:
  1. Completion of training course(s) approved by BAR in the following areas: Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, and Advanced Engine Performance; or
  2. Certification or a passing score from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence in their certification categories of Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6), Engine Performance (A8), and Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (LI).
Education/Experience: To qualify to take the examination, the applicant must provide proof of one of the following requirements:
  1. Successful completion within the last 24 months of the Basic and Advanced Clean Air Car Course. To qualify for the Basic Clean Air Car Course, you must have one year of automotive experience and/or education in the engine performance area; or
  2. Successful completion of BAR's Advanced Clean Air Car Course within the last 24 months, possession of a current and unexpired Intern Technician License and one year of verifiable experience in the vehicle engine performance area completed after obtaining the Intern Technician License; or
  3. Successful completion of BAR's Basic and Advanced Clean Air Car Course within the last 24 months, and possession of either an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, Associate of Science (AS) degree, or a certificate in Automotive Technology from a state accredited or recognized college, public school, or trade school with a minimum of 360 hours of coursework in the engine performance area; or
  4. Possession of a valid and unexpired Basic Area (EB) SMOG Check Technician's License and completion of the Advanced Clean Air Car Course within the last 24 months; or
  5. Possession of a valid and unexpired Advanced Emission Specialist (EA) SMOG Check Technician's License.

Update Training: An initial or renewal applicant must provide proof of successful completion of a BAR-certified update training course (if required).

Locate Providers of Alternative & Update Training: Information regarding alternative and update training courses will be available through BAR's toll-free number, which is (800) 952-5210.

How to Apply
Prospective SMOG Check technicians, as well as technicians whose license will soon expire, may apply for a new or renewed license by completing the following official DCA/BAR application:

  • SMOG Check Technician License: (T-6 Rev. 10/99) Form T-6 is four pages long. Be sure to print the entire document! If you fail to submit the entire application, then you forfeit the filing fee and DCA/BAR rejects your application!
Last Updated: 9/12/2012 2:51 PM