Biometric Palm Scans to Replace Passwords for BAR-OIS Inspections

Get ready for the biometric rollout and schedule your enrollment appointment now!

On August 15, 2022, the Office of Administrative Law approved and filed with the Secretary of State the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) regulatory action concerning Smog Check equipment security and fraud prevention. The regulations require, in part, Smog Check inspectors to use a biometric palm scanner instead of a password to login and perform a Smog Check on the BAR-OIS.

The biometric enrollment period begins October 1, 2022. During the enrollment period, all licensed Smog Check inspectors must complete biometric enrollment at a BAR field office to establish a palm data profile. Inspectors who have not enrolled by the mandatory start date for biometric palm scanner usage will be unable to perform BAR-OIS inspections.

The mandatory start date for biometric palm scanner usage will be announced at least 30 days before the start date.


Follow these steps to get biometric ready:

  1. Schedule a biometric enrollment appointment

    Smog Check inspectors must complete biometric enrollment at a BAR field office to establish a palm data profile. Schedule your enrollment appointment now to secure your desired appointment date, time, and BAR field office location.

    IMPORTANT: Inspectors who have not enrolled by the mandatory start date (to be announced soon) for biometric palm scanner usage will be unable to perform BAR-OIS inspections.

    Schedule appointment 

  2. Complete biometric enrollment

    At the enrollment appointment, BAR staff will:

    Be sure to bring the following items with you to your appointment:

    • Your biometric enrollment appointment confirmation
    • A valid, government-issued, photo identification (other than an inspector badge), such as a driver license, passport, or military identification
    • A proof of identification document showing your legal name and signature such as a social security card or credit card
    • Your BAR-issued inspector badge (if received prior to enrollment) and inspector license number

    Please note, appointments cannot be canceled or rescheduled online. To cancel or reschedule your appointment, contact the BAR field office listed on your enrollment appointment confirmation at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.

  3. Install a biometric equipment kit

    Biometric equipment kits are available for purchase from authorized resellers. Contact a reseller today to ensure your kit is installed by the mandatory start date.

    Find a biometric equipment kit reseller >

  4. Download the BAR-OIS biometric software update

    The BAR-OIS biometric software update is expected to be released by late November 2022. BAR will notify stations when the update is available. After downloading the update, inspectors can begin using the palm scanner to login and perform Smog Checks on the BAR-OIS.

  5. Stay tuned for news and updates

    Notices on implementation and compliance dates and other important updates will be released on this page and in upcoming ET Blasts. Join BAR's email list to receive updates in your inbox.

    Have a question? Find answers to FAQs or contact the BAR Industry Help Desk at BAR.IndustryHelpDesk@dca.ca.gov or call (866) 860-8509.