Biometric palm scans replace passwords for BAR-OIS inspections

Effective May 1, 2023, Smog Check inspectors must use a biometric palm scanner instead of a password to perform BAR-OIS inspections. Required pursuant to regulations that went into effect October 2022, the biometric security equipment is an important step for the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and the Smog Check industry in deterring Smog Check inspection fraud and unlicensed activity, as well as achieving California’s clean air goals.

(Updated May 25, 2023)

Biometric Enrollment


Smog Check inspectors must complete biometric enrollment at a BAR field office in order to perform BAR-OIS inspections. Contact BAR Field Office Support for enrollment dates and times.

During biometric enrollment, BAR staff will:

Be sure to bring the following items with you to the field office:

  • A valid, government-issued photo identification document (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

Using the Biometric Palm Scanner


For tips on improving authentication success using the biometric palm scanner, view the short video below. For additional information, see the frequently asked questions.

Biometric Equipment Kit Resellers


BAR biometric equipment kit part number: BAR BAK

Frequently Asked Questions


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