For the consumer
- A civil penalty of at least $150, but no more than $1,000, may be assessed to anyone who attempts to fraudulently obtain a smog check or inspection. This also applies to anyone who attempts to fraudulently obtain a vehicle repair or hardship waiver, or CAP assistance.
For the station owner - Fines and penalties for station owners can range between $5,000 to $250,000 depending on the amount of investigation time required by the Bureau of Automotive Repairs in order to bring up charges. Fines are almost always accompanied by the loss of the smog station's and smog technician's licenses. For less serious offenses, usually due to negligence or improper training, the first fine is $1000.00. Subsequent offenses double to $2000 and triple to $3000; and the requirement to attend training classes apply in each case.
In order for the Bureau of Automotive Repairs to ensure the best interest of the public, several times through out the year smog check stations are visited by undercover BAR agents.
If you are aware or suspect a smog station is conducting illegal smog checks or smog check fraud contact the BAR and report it.
To request a BAR Inspector to investigate your claim call the Bureau of Automotive Repair at 1.800.952-5210.