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Vehicle safety systems inspections begin July 8

Licensed vehicle safety systems inspection stations and technicians can start performing inspections

Rancho Cordova, Calif.—Effective July 8, licensed vehicle safety systems inspection stations and technicians can start performing vehicle safety systems inspections. The start of the new inspections kicks off Phase 2 of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) implementation plan for the Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Program established by Assembly Bill 471 (Low, Chapter 372, Statutes of 2021). Vehicle safety systems inspections will run concurrently with existing brake and lamp inspections until the brake and lamp inspection programs end on Sept. 27.

To prepare for the July 8 inspection start date:

  • Apply for a vehicle safety systems license: Licensure is open for stations and technicians. Review the steps to get licensed and apply now.
  • Pass a station inspection: Be sure to review the station checklist to help prepare for the inspection. If your station has submitted a license application and has not been scheduled for a station inspection, contact BAR Field Office Support.
  • Purchase certificates of compliance: After passing the station inspection, purchase certificates conveniently through the BAR Safety Inspection System (BAR-SIS). Make sure your station has registered and downloaded the California Vehicle Inspection System (Cal-VIS) software to your BAR-SIS and completed the online enrollment and participation agreement through the Cal-VIS billing portal.
  • Complete biometric enrollment: All technicians must establish their biometric palm data profile before performing inspections. Contact BAR Field Office Support for enrollment dates and times. Note, if you are a licensed Smog Check inspector and have already completed biometric enrollment, you do not need to reenroll.
  • Watch BAR’s video: Learn about the new BAR Safety Inspection System (BAR-SIS) and preview inspection screens. Watch now

For more information on the Vehicle Safety Systems Inspection Program, visit

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