Licensing Data

The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) licenses automotive repair dealers, Smog Check stations, Smog Check technicians, Smog Check inspectors as well as brake and lamp inspectors1. Visit BAR’s Licensure FAQ webpage for information about licensure. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) License Search may be used to look up a business or individual who has a license issued by DCA.

License Population

(as of September 30, 2022)

License2 Type Number of Registrants/Licenses
Automotive Repair Dealer3 34,200
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 4,391
Smog Check Test-Only Station 1,946
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 35
STAR Station4 3,734
Brake Station 781
Lamp Station 774
Smog Check Inspector 13,225
Smog Check Repair Technician 5,984
Brake Adjuster 757
Lamp Adjuster 672

1 Pursuant to AB 471 (Low, Chapter 372, Statutes of 2021), vehicle safety systems licenses will replace lamp and brake licenses, effective January 1, 2024.

2 California 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.

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

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

Top 10 Business Types

(as of September 30, 2022)

Business types are provided by automotive repair dealers upon licensure or renewal. This information is tied to the service category options displayed on BAR's Auto Shop Locator. Licensees seeking to update their business type information can complete a Name/Address/Corporate Officers or Directors form.

Primary Business Type Secondary Business Type
1. General Repair 1. General Repair
2. Auto Body and/or Paint Shop 2. Smog Check Station
3. Smog Check Station 3. Automotive Diagnostic Repair
4. Other 4. Other
5. Tire Shop 5. Tune Up/Oil Lube Shop
6. New/Used Car Dealer 6. Brake/Front End Alignment Shop
7. Mobile Automotive Repair 7. Tire Shop
8. Transmission Repair Shop 8. Preventative Maintenance Services
9. Preventative Maintenance Services 9. Engine Rebuilding/Repair
10. Tune Up/Oil Lube Shop 10. Mobile Automotive Repair

License Processing Times

Initial License Applications (April – June 2022)

License Type Received Approved Average Processing Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer 938 799 36
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 124 85 23
Smog Check Test-Only Station 84 70 32
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 2 0 0
STAR Station 72 68 37
Brake Station 19 19 12
Lamp Station 21 18 24
Smog Check Inspector 412 142 56
Smog Check Repair Technician 198 44 57
Brake Adjuster 192 43 54
Lamp Adjuster 217 55 42
Total 2,279 1,343 38

License Renewal Applications (April – June 2022)

License Type Received Approved Average Processing Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer 10,437 9,762 5
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 1,216 1,145 5
Smog Check Test-Only Station 524 492 5
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 8 7 5
STAR Station N/A N/A N/A
Brake Station 216 206 5
Lamp Station 216 204 5
Smog Check Inspector 1,439 1,412 5
Smog Check Repair Technician 708 684 5
Brake Adjuster 36 36 5
Lamp Adjuster 47 47 5
Total 14,847 13,995 5

All Licensing Applications (April – June 2022)

Type Received Approved Average Processing Time (Days)
Initial Applications 2,279 1,343 38
Renewal Applications 14,847 13,997 5
Total 17,126 15,340 N/A

Initial License Applications (July – September 2022)

License Type Received Approved Average Processing Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer 878 989 32
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 98 146 33
Smog Check Test-Only Station 74 82 28
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 2 3 33
STAR Station 92 80 23
Brake Station 17 15 24
Lamp Station 11 14 34
Smog Check Inspector 418 188 50
Smog Check Repair Technician 168 41 65
Brake Adjuster 222 59 45
Lamp Adjuster 193 71 49
Total 2,173 1,688 38

License Renewal Applications (July – September 2022)

License Type Received Approved Average Processing Time (Days)
Automotive Repair Dealer 7,130 6,990 5
Smog Check Test-and-Repair Station 920 899 5
Smog Check Test-Only Station 456 451 5
Smog Check Repair-Only Station 12 12 5
STAR Station N/A N/A N/A
Brake Station 166 163 5
Lamp Station 162 159 5
Smog Check Inspector 1,357 1,348 5
Smog Check Repair Technician 600 604 5
Brake Adjuster 51 51 5
Lamp Adjuster 62 62 5
Total 10,916 10,739 5

All Licensing Applications (July – September 2022)

Type Received Approved Average Processing Time (Days)
Initial Applications 2,173 1,688 35
Renewal Applications 10,916 10,739 5
Total 13,089 12,427 N/A

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