Consumer Assistance Program
Financial Assistance for vehicles that fail their biennial Smog Check
The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) provides financial assistance for qualified owners whose vehicles fail their biennial (every-other-year) Smog Check. The statutory authority for CAP is found in the Health and Safety Code and is implemented through Regulations adopted by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR).
To determine if you qualify for Repair Assistance (receive up to $500 in emissions-related repairs to help your vehicles pass its Smog Check inspection) your household income must be at or below 225% of the federal poverty guidelines. If you qualify, you would pay the first $20 towards diagnosis and/or emissions-related repairs at our licensed Test & Repair STAR station.
You can pick up a CAP application at our station. It includes the income-eligible table for applicants to determine if they meet the income requirements. You can also download a PDF copy from the BAR website.