Consumer Assistance Program
Repair Assistance

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Program Overview

The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) is administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. The purpose of CAP is to improve California's air quality by reducing vehicle emissions. In Fiscal Year 2016/17, CAP reduced an estimated 6,958 tons of vehicle emissions through our programs.

If you own a vehicle that has failed its biennial (every other year) Smog Check inspection, you may be eligible to receive up to $500 in emissions-related repairs at a STAR test-and-repair station.

To determine your eligibility, you must apply online or mail a completed application to CAP. Participation is available on a first-come, first-served basis each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) until funds are exhausted.

Eligibility Requirements and Information


To ensure CAP improves California’s air quality by reducing vehicle emissions, vehicles must meet operational and registration requirements such as:
  • Smog Check -- This allows CAP to verify the vehicle has failed its biennial Smog Check inspection as required by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Vehicle Registration -- This allows CAP to verify the vehicle is currently registered in California and has been registered in California for two consecutive years preceding the current registration expiration date.
We encourage you to review the information provided in the links below before applying.

Applications and Check Your Status

Applying online may result in faster processing of your application. Printed versions of the online application cannot be processed. If you are unable to apply online, click here for a printable version of the application.

To apply online, please have your vehicle registration or title available.

To check the status of your submitted application, please have your CAP ID number and vehicle license plate number available.

For general program questions, call toll-free (800) 952-5210.

For specific application questions, call toll-free (866) 272-9642.