Consumer Assistance Program
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. Additional program statistics are available in CAP’s Annual Reports.
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.
Eligibility Requirements and Information
- 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.
- Program Eligibility Requirements
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Income Eligibility Guidelines and Verification Requirements
- STAR Test-and-Repair Stations
- Watch our Consumer Video
Applications and Check Your Status
To apply online, please have your vehicle registration or title available.Apply Online
To check the status of your submitted application, please have your CAP ID number and vehicle license plate number available.Check Your Status
For specific application questions, call toll-free (866) 272-9642.