STAR Certified Test Station

If your vehicle registration renewal notice says you must go to a STAR station don't worry, Smog 805 can smog your car. Smog 805 is a STAR Certified Smog Station, and we can test and CERTIFY any vehicle on the road. 

We charge the same whether or not your car has to go to a STAR station or not.

Vehicle Registration Questions

  • Can I pay my registration fees before getting a smog inspection?

    • Yes! We know sometimes life gets in the way and you can't find time to get your smog inspection done before your registration is due, but don't worry. You can pay your registration fees without getting a smog inspection to avoid late fees.  

  • How can I pay my registration fees?

    • The easiest way to pay your fees is online at DMV's website

    • You can send a check with your renewal slip to DMV and deposit into the mail. 

    • You can also pay by check but deposit your envelope at drop boxes located in the DMV office. That way your check can't get lost in the mail. 

    • And you can pay by phone with DMV at 1-800-777-0133

  • I can't renew my registration online. What do I do? 

    • There are some instances where you can't renew online. 

    • One case is when your vehicle has an open safety or emissions recall. You can only renew in person at DMV or by mailing in a check and your completed recall notice to DMV. 

    • Call DMV for more questions if you can not renew online. DMV: 1-800-777-0133


  • Is an appointment required?

    • A majority of the vehicles we smog do not require an appointment. The short list of vehicles that do include RVs, full-size vans (Chevrolet Express, Ford E Series, Dodge Ram Vans), and certain vehicles like the Porsche Boxster/Cayman which require engine cover removal. 

    • We do not require appointments for all other vehicles.

    • Mercedes Sprinter Van based RVs do not need an appointment. 

  • How long does a smog test take?

    • If your car is a 2000 or newer you can be in and out in 15 minutes or less!

  • Is the "Free" re-test really free?

    • If your vehicle qualifies we don't charge you an inspection fee upon your return. But when it passes the vehicle is issued a smog certificate. We purchase Smog Certificates from the state at a cost of $8.25 per certificate. That cost is passed onto the consumer. So if your vehicle passes a re-inspection the only charge is that $8.25 for the smog certificate.  

  • My vehicle failed, what do I do now?

    • First, we offer one FREE re-test within 60 days, you just pay for the smog certificate once it passes.

    • If your vehicle fails we can provide you with a list of CERTIFIED smog repair shops in the area where you can take your car to get repaired. 

    • You can also visit the Bureau of Auto Repair's website to see a list of shops in your area.

  • What are incomplete monitors?

    • Modern vehicles (1996 and newer) have onboard diagnostics which monitor the emission systems. When there is a fault you get a check engine light, but that only happens after the computer runs self-tests, called monitors. If those monitors don't run, your vehicle can still fail a smog test. Common reasons your vehicle may have incomplete monitors are the following

    • Your vehicle recently had to be jump started. 

    • The battery was changed. 

    • You recently had a Check Engine light repaired but have not driven very much. 

  • What do I do if I have incomplete monitors?

    • The most common fix for incomplete monitors is just driving the vehicle. 

    • We recommend driving 200 to 300 miles spread out over at least a week.

  • Should I drive it any differently

    • Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you drive no faster than 65 MPH, and include several constant stints around that speed. 

    • Keep your gas above 1/4 of a tank, and below 3/4 while trying to complete monitors. 

    • If you have a weak battery get it diagnosed and repaired if bad. Anytime the vehicle has to be jump started the computer's memory can be cleared and you're back to square one.