Renew a Business License

License Renewal


Automotive repair dealer registrations and station licenses must be renewed annually. STAR station certification is based on performance standards and is not subject to renewal.

Courtesy renewal notices are sent to licensees 90 days prior to the license expiration date. Licensees are responsible for renewing their registration/license before expiration to avoid delinquent fees and, if applicable, being locked out from performing inspections.

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Renewal Fees


License Type Renewal Fee Delinquency/
Late Fee
Automotive Repair Dealer $200.00 $50.00
Smog Check Station $100.00 $50.00
STAR Station N/A N/A
Brake Station $5.00 $2.50
Lamp Station $5.00 $2.50

Delinquent Licenses


A license is delinquent if it is not renewed before the expiration date. A licensee may renew a delinquent license within the delinquent renewal period by submitting payment of the delinquent/late renewal fee and all accrued renewal fees. The renewal fees include the renewal fee for each year the license is delinquent and, if the license is within 90 days of expiration for its next annual renewal, the fee for the next renewal cycle. If the delinquent license is not renewed within the delinquent renewal period, the license is canceled and a new application is required.

  • A delinquent automotive repair dealer registration or Smog Check station license that has not been expired for more than one year may be renewed online.

  • A delinquent automotive repair dealer registration or Smog Check station license that has been expired for more than one year, and is renewed within the delinquent renewal period, may only be renewed by mail. Submit the renewal fee for each delinquent year and the current year plus the delinquency/late fee with a copy of the registration/license by mail. Include your registration/license number on the check or money order made payable to:

    Bureau of Automotive Repair
    P.O. Box 989001
    West Sacramento, CA 95798-9001

  • A delinquent brake or lamp station license must be renewed within 30 days of expiration. A license that has not been expired for more than 30 days may be renewed online.

For additional information on delinquent licenses, contact BARLicensing@dca.ca.gov.

Delinquent Renewal Periods and Fees

License Delinquent Renewal Period Fees
Automotive Repair Dealer Within three years (36 months) of expiration License renewed within ONE year of expiration:
Renewal fee: $200.00
Delinquent/late fee: $50.00
Total: $250.00*

License renewed within TWO years of expiration:
Renewal fee: $400.00 ($200.00/year)
Delinquent/late fee: $50.00
Total: $450.00*

License renewed within THREE years of expiration:
Renewal fee: $600.00 ($200.00/year)
Delinquent/late fee: $50.00
Total: $650.00*

*Add $200.00 if the license is within 90 days of expiration for its next annual renewal.
Smog Check Station Within one year (12 months) of expiration Renewal fee: $100.00
Delinquent/late fee: $50.00
Total: $150.00*

*Add $100.00 if the license is within 90 days of expiration for its next annual renewal.
Brake/Lamp Station Within 30 days of expiration Renewal fee: $5.00
Delinquent/late fee: $2.50
Total: $7.50

Military Renewal Waiver


Renewal requirements, including renewal fees, continuing education requirements, and any other requirements as determined by BAR, may be waived for members of the United States Armed Forces when they are called to active duty. For additional information, visit Resources for Members of the United States Armed Forces and Their Families.

FAQs


Can I renew my registration and/or license online?

Yes. Online license renewal is available for automotive repair dealer registrations and station licenses that will expire within the next 90 days or have not been expired for more than one year. Review eligibility requirements and begin the online renewal process.

Can I expedite my renewal?

No. Renewals are processed in the order they are received. The processing time is typically two weeks from the time of receipt. A license remains valid between the date of receipt and its processing, provided it is submitted on or before the expiration date. After the renewal is processed, you can print your license online.

Can I renew my registration and/or license(s) if I have changes to my business?

A change involving a name, address, or phone number can be documented on your renewal notice, check or money order, or by submitting a completed Change of Name/Address/Corporate Officers form. Please note that a registrant or licensee must notify BAR within 14 days of a business name or address change.

A change to a sole ownership, partnership, or corporation (other than a corporate officer change) requires a new application and payment of applicable fees.

I did not receive a renewal notice. What do I need to do?

If you do not receive a courtesy renewal notice in the mail, you are still responsible for renewing each registration/license by the expiration date.

Renew your registration/license online. Or, to renew your registration/license by mail, you may submit a copy of your registration/license with the applicable renewal fees. Include your registration/license number on the check or money order made payable to:

Bureau of Automotive Repair
P.O. Box 989001
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9001

Can I overnight my renewal payment?

Yes. Payments may be sent overnight to:

Department of Consumer Affairs
Cashiering Unit
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Can I print a copy of my license after it is renewed?

Yes, after the renewal is processed, you can print your license online.

What happens if I do not renew my registration and/or license by the expiration date?

If the renewal application and fees are postmarked after the registration/license expiration date(s), a delinquency fee will be charged for each registration and/or license you are renewing. Delinquent renewals will not be processed until all fees are received.

If you own a licensed Smog Check station and your automotive repair dealer registration and/or Smog Check station license renewal payments are delinquent, your station will be locked out from performing inspections.

If I do not renew my automotive repair dealer registration and Smog Check station license on time, will my station's STAR certification be affected?

Yes. Your STAR certification will be removed from your analyzer(s) and your station will be locked out from performing inspections until both the automotive repair dealer registration and Smog Check station license are current.