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Consumer Assistance Program
Vehicle Retirement

CAP offers two Vehicle Retirement options. Each option has its own specific eligibility and Smog Check requirements that must be met in order to qualify. For instance, Option 1 requires your vehicle to have failed its most recent Smog Check inspection, whereas Option 2 requires a vehicle to have successfully completed a Smog Check inspection (pass or fail) within the last 180 days.

To determine your eligibility, you must apply online or mail a completed application to CAP. Applying online reduces the processing time and allows you to check the status of your application.

Generally, completed applications for Vehicle Retirement are processed within four (4) weeks. Until your application has been processed, CAP is unable to determine your eligibility. Once your application has been processed, a determination letter will be mailed to you.

We encourage you to review the information provided in the links below before submitting an application. There may be issues such as vehicle registration or Smog Check requirements that must be addressed before applying.

NOTE: Applying as low-income may require verification of your income. CAP recommends mailing income documents from the approved Income Verification link below after submitting your online application (or mailing with your paper application) to expedite processing. Failure to submit these documents timely may result in increased processing times.

Mail supporting documentation to:
Bureau of Automotive Repair
Consumer Assistance Program
10949 N. Mather Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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

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

Other Options

To contact CAP or to request an application, call toll-free (800) 952-5210 or (866) 272-9642.