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Smog inspection is a multi-layered examination done on components and systems of a vehicle to get an idea of how it operates, as well as the level of emissions it causes. California is one of the few states with well-detailed smog checks and laws on emissions. In addition, California mandates smog inspections during registration and renewal of your vehicle, hence the need to properly maintain your vehicle.

Do I Need a smog inspection?

On your annual renewal form, it will indicate if a Smog Inspection is necessary for your vehicle.

Your vehicle does not need a smog inspection if your:

  • Gasoline-powered vehicle is a 1975 year model or older (This includes motorcycles and trailers.)
  • Diesel-powered vehicle is a 1997 and older year model OR with a Gross Vehicle Weight of more than 14,000 pounds.
  • Powered by natural gas and weighs more than 14,000 pounds.
  • An electric vehicle.
  • Gasoline-powered and less than eight model-years old.
CA DMV Registration Renewal Notice

How to get a smog inspection?

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If you are notified that you need a smog inspection or are bringing a vehicle in from out of state, you can make an appointment.

At Smog Dog Palm Desert, we are a STAR Test Only Station and have been helping out clients with Smog and DMV needs.

Our Process


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First, we begin by inspecting the emissions control components and the systems on your vehicle.


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Functional Inspection

Next, we perform a functional inspection which consists of items such as the check engine light, ignition timing, ODB and more.


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Tailpipe Emissions

Finally, we inspect the tailpipe emissions using the testing probe to check your vehicle's compliance with emissions standards.

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Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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