California’s Smog Check Program is an important part of the state’s efforts to improve the air we breathe. Smog Checks are designed to identify vehicles with excess emissions so they can be properly repaired or retired. For eligible consumers whose vehicles fail Smog Check, there’s help.
The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP), administered by DCA’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), is designed to help improve California’s air quality by offering eligible consumers two options—repair assistance and vehicle retirement. Participation in this first-come, first-served program is based on meeting eligibility requirements and the availability of funds each fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.
Eligible consumers may receive up to $500 in emission-related repairs. To participate, consumers must meet specific income requirements (proof of household income may be required). The repairs must be performed at one of over 2,000 participating STAR test-and-repair stations statewide.
Eligible consumers can receive a financial incentive to retire a vehicle from operation rather than repair it. Income-eligible consumers who meet program requirements may receive $1,500 (proof of household income must be provided). All other eligible consumers may receive $1,000. The vehicle must be retired at a BAR-contracted auto dismantler.
To review eligibility requirements for both CAP options and to apply online, visit BAR’s website here or call (800) 952-5210 to request an application.