You received your renewal notice and discovered it’s asking for a smog inspection at a Smog Test Only Center. No need to panic. All this means is that the DMV has chosen your car to be inspected at a special Test Only smog station. A Smog Test Only center, as the name suggests, can only smog test vehicles and is not allowed to perform automotive repairs.
A test only smog check center has an obligation to insure a non-biased smog test inspection. They cannot perform repairs.
My vehicle just failed at a Test Only Smog Check Center. What do I do now?
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Answer: If your vehicle fails at a Test Only Smog Check center, you will need to seek repairs at a Test and Repair station. The Test and Repair smog station will need to conduct a new smog test – called a Baseline Test, and may charge you a smog inspection fee as part of their diagnosis and/or repairs.
Also note that a smog test only station is not allowed to perform or comment on any diagnosis or possible required repairs. Per California State law their primary obligation is to conduct a fair and unbiased smog test.
All and any repairs must be performed by a licensed smog check repair station, or the vehicle’s owner personally.