El Cerrito Test Only Center-Star Smog Check

El Cerrito Test Only Center-Star Smog Check We smog any vehicle, *Change of Ownership Vehicles *Test only Smog Inspection *Out of State Vehicles *Gross polluters *Diesels

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How are vehicles selected for STAR smog check?

The State of California uses the following three strategies to determine whether a vehicle is STAR station designated or not:

Gross polluters (vehicles which have failed a previous smog inspection with very high emission readings)
High Emitter Profile vehicles. These are vehicle types designated by the Bureau of Automotive Repair as having high chances of failing the smog inspection.
A random sample of all vehicles registered in California and being driven on public roadways.


STAR certified smog station duties and responsibilities;

STAR Test Only Center - Smog test only centers are authorized by the State of California to perform both Regular and Test Only smog inspections. They are not allowed to perform any smog repairs. A Test Only center's main obligation is to perform a non-bias and accurate smog inspection. They are certified to inspect all DMV required vehicles.


What is the difference with a regular smog station and a STAR smog station?

You received your DMV renewal notice and discovered it's asking for a smog inspection at a STAR station. No need to panic. All this means is that the DMV has chosen your car to be inspected at a smog station which is monitored closely by the BAR and must conform to high standards established by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs.

Some STAR stations are only authorized to perform smog inspections. These stations are known as STAR Test Only stations. Other STAR certified smog centers can perform smog inspections as well as smog check repairs. These smog stations are known as STAR Test & Repair stations. Both STAR stations are allowed to perform regular and STAR smog checks.

STAR Test Only Centers are only authorized to perform smog inspections and are not allowed to perform smog check repairs.

STAR Test & Repair Stations are authorized to perform STAR smog inspections, as well as repair and certify all vehicles.

If the DMV is asking for "Smog Certificate Required at a STAR station" you can visit either of these smog test center types.

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Come visit the Test Only Smog Stations for all your smog inspection needs. As the owners and operators of 7 smog check stations in the East Bay, we are one of the largest and most established smog check experts in Northern California. We are dedicated to helping you pass your smog inspections.
OAKLAND - Test Only Smog Station:
3811 San Leandro St. Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 532-7520
PLEASANTON/DUBLIN - Clear Blue Test Only at Shell
3790 Hopyard Rd. Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 462-7664
SAN RAMON/DANVILLE - Clear Blue Test Only at Shell
2850 Crow Canyon Rd. San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 855-8378
WALNUT CREEK - GIC Smog Station at 76
690 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 938-5752
10439 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 527-1234
2959 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702
Most of our stations are equipped with two smog test analyzers for fast and efficient service. We do recommend appointments, but they are never required. Come in, enjoy our free Wi-Fi and friendly service. We’ll get you on your way in approximately 15 minutes.


10439 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00


(510) 527-1234


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