The Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has many resources that not only benefit consumers but also help improve the environment. One of those is the Smog Check Referee Program, which assists consumers with resolving special emissions situations, ultimately improving California’s air quality.
Referees are conveniently located at community colleges throughout the state. Although they don’t do Smog Check repairs, Referees offer a variety of services and resources to consumers who are having trouble passing a Smog Check.
Referees can help you with:
- Reviewing Smog Check results. If you have concerns about the results of your Smog Check, a Referee can provide a third-party evaluation.
- Resolving a citation. A Referee can inspect your vehicle and provide guidance for bringing it into compliance if you have received a ticket for modified emissions controls or excessive exhaust noise.
- Locating a hard-to-find part. Sometimes, the emission control part required to repair a vehicle can be hard to find. A Referee can help you locate the part.
- Inspecting an unusual vehicle. Some vehicles require special smog services. Referees can inspect specially constructed vehicles, kit cars, collector cars, vehicles with engine changes, modified vehicles, and other vehicles with unusual characteristics or designs.
- Obtaining a repair cost waiver. Repairing your vehicle in time to renew registration can be costly. Find out if you are eligible for a waiver that allows you additional time to complete repairs.
To learn more or schedule an appointment with a Referee, visit www.asktheref.org or call (800) 622-7733.