The purpose of this checklist is to help station owners and inspectors pass the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Smog Check station
inspection. All station requirements should be met before the station contacts their local BAR field office for an appointment. The station
owner/manager and inspector must be present during the inspection. Please allow up to two hours for the BAR inspection. Re-
inspections will result in station licensure delays.
STAR station and standard stations must possess all required equipment, tools, and reference materials set forth in the Smog Check
Manual for the type of vehicles being inspected. All equipment shall be on the premises, calibrated, and in working order. For more
information, visit www.bar.ca.gov.
Station Licenses and Signs
(Licenses and signs shall be posted in a conspicuous area frequented by consumers)
Valid automotive repair dealer registration.
Official automotive repair dealer sign.
Valid Smog Check inspector license.
Official Smog Check station sign.
Official Smog Check station service sign (showing test-only as station type).
Inspection cost sign.
Notice to motorist’s sign (cost limit).
BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS).
Internet connection to EIS.
BAR approved EIS calibration gases.
Ignition timing light with advanced features.
Low-Pressure Fuel Evaporative Tester (LPFET).
BAR certified fuel cap tester and adapters.
BAR approved cooling fan (if performing ASM tests).
BAR-OIS (On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Inspection System (OIS) with hardware
and software necessary to conduct an OBD inspection), including:
• BAR certified data acquisition device (DAD).
• Computer (32 or 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system versions
7, 8.0, or 8.1; Internet Explorer version 9, 10, 11; Windows 8 RT is
• Printer (compatible with Windows operating system).
• Bar code scanner (needed only for OIS download and registration).
Internet connection to OIS.
Tools necessary to inspect vehicle ignition, fuel delivery, and emission control
Tire pressure gauge.