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Bureau of Automotive Repair — By the numbers

View BAR’s latest numbers for auto service and repair licenses, top business types and complaint trends

Sacramento, Calif.—The following statistics have been provided by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.

Licensing Summary (as of February 2021)

License1 TypeNumber of Registrants/Licenses
Automotive Repair Dealer235,129
Smog Check Station7,020
Brake Station888
Lamp Station867
Smog Check Inspector13,698
Smog Check Repair Technician6,869
Brake Adjuster1,114
Lamp Adjuster960
STAR Station33,651

1 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.

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

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

Top Business Types (as of February 2021)

Business types are provided by automotive repair dealers upon licensure or renewal. Licensees seeking to update their business type information can complete a Name/Address/Corporate Officers or Directors form.

Primary Business TypesSecondary Business Types
1. General Repair1. General Repair
2. Auto Body/Paint Shop2. Smog Check Station
3. Smog Check Station3. Automotive Diagnostic Center
4. Tire Shop4.Tune-Up/Oil and Lube
5. New/Used Car Dealer5. Brake/Front End Alignment Shop
6. Mobile Automotive Repair6. Tire Shop
7. Transmission Repair Shop7. Service Station
8. Service Station8. Engine Rebuilding/Repair
9. Tune-Up/Oil and Lube9. Mobile Automotive Repair
10. Used Car Dealer10. Auto Body/Paint Shop
TrendTotal Received%
Engine Repair and Performance
Repair, diagnosis, cooling systems, fuel systems, etc.
General Repair and Maintenance
Brakes, suspension, steering, air conditioning/heat, etc.
Auto Body
Auto body repair, auto glass, etc.
Motorcycle repair, improper lien sales, etc.
Automatic transmission, manual transmission/clutch, etc.
Smog repair, test procedures, etc.
Used Car Transactions3366%
Vehicle Warranty1773%
Unlicensed Activity1653%

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