License Requirements

Smog Check Inspector License Requirements Explained

There are two requirements that must be met to apply for the Smog Inspector licensing exam.

1st. You must meet one of the following six options:


Complete the BAR Engine and Emissions Fundamentals Training; Level-1.

ASE certification in A6 (electrical), A8 (engine performance) and L1 (advanced engine performance); AND two-years experience in engine performance repairs.

AA/AS degree in automotive technology AND 1-year experience in the engine performance area. (You will need to supply transcripts with your application.)

Certificate in automotive technology with a minimum of 720 hours course work that includes a minimum of 280 hours in engine performance area AND 1-year experience in the engine performance area. (UTI or WyoTech degree satisfies this requirement.)

Complete the BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training within the past 5-years and have 2-years experience in the engine performance area.

Two-years compatible military training/experience in the engine performance area.

2nd. Complete the Smog Check Level-2 Training.

All applicants must complete Level-2 training.

Smog Check Inspector License Flowchart

License Renewal:

  • Complete a 4-hour BAR online training.
  • Renew online at BAR site

Smog Check Inspector License Renewal Flowchart

BAR Online Inspector Update Training

Smog Repair License Requirements Explained

Applicants must meet any one of the following options:

ASE A6, A8, and L1 Certifications

AA/AS degree in automotive technology AND 1 year experience in the engine performance area. (You will need to supply transcripts with your application.)

Certificate in automotive technology with a minimum of 720 hours course work that includes a min. of 280 hours in engine performance area AND 1 year experience in the engine performance area. (UTI or WyoTech degree satisfies this requirement.)

Complete the BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training within the past 5-years and have 2-years experience in the engine performance area.

Two-years compatible military training/experience in the engine performance area.

Smog Check Repair Technician License Flowchart

License Renewal:

  • Current A6, A8 and L1 ASE Certifications.
  • Complete a total of 16-hours of Update training
  • 12-hour BAR certified update training.
  • 4-hour BAR online Inspector Update Training
  • Renew online.