Why we smog test cars and how we can help.

We are a California certified Smog Test and Repair Station in Hollywood California. As a Smog Test and Repair station we are licensed to smog your vehicle and also perform the necessary repairs. We have been smog testing in Hollywood for over 20 years, offering professional, accurate, and quick smog check solutions.



What is a smog test?

The Smog Check Program is an important part of the State's efforts to improve the air we breathe. Smog Check inspections are designed to identify vehicles with excess emissions so they can be properly repaired. The program has greatly reduced air pollution created by millions of cars in California.

What vehicles require a smog check?

Gasoline-powered vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and alternative-fuel vehicles that are model year 1976 and newer require a Smog Check, with the following exceptions:

  • Six model-years and newer do not need a biennial inspection.

  • Four model-years and newer do not need a change-of-ownership inspection.

To determine the first year a vehicle is subject to a biennial or change-of-ownership Smog Check, add six or four, respectively, to the model year of a vehicle. For example, a 2010 model-year vehicle will first be subject to a biennial Smog Check in 2016 (2010 + 6 = 2016) and a change-of-ownership Smog Check in 2014 (2010 + 4 = 2014).

  • Diesel-powered vehicles 1998 and newer with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds and less require a Smog Check.

  • Motorcycles and electric-powered vehicles are currently exempt from the Smog Check Program.

When do I need a smog check?

Most vehicles in California are required to pass a smog check every two (2) years in order to complete a registration renewal. Your DMV Registration Renewal Notice will indicate if your vehicle needs a smog check. You may take your vehicle to any smog check station. However, some vehicles will need to be taken to a STAR station only. Your renewal notice will indicate this if necessary.

What do I need to bring?
For the purpose of renewing your vehicle registration, you will only need to bring your vehicle, the DMV renewal notice and some form of accepted payment.


What happens during a smog check?

During a smog check, our licensed technician will connect your vehicle to equipment which also connects to the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). Once the testing is completed, the results are then electronically transmitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). We will provide you with a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) which you should keep for your records.


Where can I check and see if I need a smog test and the state web site with FAQ?


Still have questions?

Stop by and talk with a licensed smog inspector. Or contact us by phone or email. We’d love to hear from you!

Please also visit the California DMV website for further help: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/smog

Recommendations and estimations provided by Funk Brothers Automotive inc. are based on assumptions and limited information provided by the customer and/or having possession of customer vehicle for a limited time and might not be completely accurate or complete. Multiple visits and repairs might be required. It’s always safest to tow the vehicle in if not sure if the vehicle is safe to drive and to prevent further damage.