License Processing Data

BAR license processing data, including average timeframes for processing initial applications and license renewals, is made available in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 139.5 (SB 878, Jones, Chapter 131, Statutes of 2020).

Initial Applications

(January - March 2021)

License1 Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer2 1,002 596 33
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 77 88 42
Smog Check Test-Only Station 51 47 24
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 0 1 5
STAR Station3 135 72 13
Brake Station 27 26 31
Lamp Station 27 23 35
Fleet Facility 1 1 3
Certified Training Institution 0 0 N/A
Smog Check Inspector 378 173 76
Smog Check Repair Technician 178 42 56
Brake Adjuster 188 40 73
Lamp Adjuster 224 40 46
Certified Instructor 1 0 2
All 2,289 1,149 34

License Renewals

(January - March 2021)

License Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer 7,646 7,646 5
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 1,081 1,081 5
Smog Check Test-Only Station 465 465 5
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 4 4 5
STAR Station N/A N/A N/A
Brake Station 214 214 5
Lamp Station 221 221 5
Fleet Facility 0 0 N/A
Certified Training Institution 2 2 7
Smog Check Inspector 1,511 1,511 5
Smog Check Repair Technician 762 762 5
Brake Adjuster N/A N/A N/A
Lamp Adjuster N/A N/A N/A
Certified Instructor 4 4 7
All 11,910 11,910 5

Licensure Totals

(January - March 2021)

Type Received Approved Average Processing
Time (Days)
Initial Applications 2,288 1,148 36
Renewal License 11,910 11,910 5
Totals 14,198 13,058 21

1 Business and Professions Code section 23 defines "license" as a license, certificate, registration, or other means to engage in a business or profession regulated by the code.

2 An automotive repair dealer holds a registration to conduct business in California.

3 A licensed Smog Check station holds a STAR certification if it meets certain performance criteria established in BAR regulations.