Smog Tests During Pandemic

Officials from the State of California have considered smog-check locations as “essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may want to call the smog check station near you before you go for your check to learn about new safety protocols that may be in effect. After all, we are all in this coronavirus fight together, and every person needs to do their part to limit the spread of the virus.

Some of you may be concerned about completing your biannual smog check. Perhaps you don’t want to get out in the neighborhood because you are worried about catching the virus or carrying it to unsuspecting family members. Maybe you are concerned about the smog check price because you have lost your job as a result of the downward turn in the economy.

While your concern is understandable, it is important that you realize that the State of California is not waving the smog check requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To clarify, we would like to share the information we learned from a local news report.

Some California residents may be worried because their vehicle registration is set to expire within the next few weeks. The offices of the California Department of Motor Vehicles will indeed be closed for a time. But you may be able to renew your car’s registration from your computer or phone. Simply visit California’s “virtual DMV” to take care of your basic transactions.

If you choose to wait to have your smog test completed until after the pandemic subsides, that is your decision. Keep in mind that you won’t have to pay any late fees for not having the testing completed on time, but you will if you don’t complete your registration on time. However, you will not receive your new registration sticker until you have the smog test completed on your vehicle. This means that the label on your license plate will still be expired.

According to the news report, officials from the DMV are asking the police to avoid giving tickets for expired registration until life returns to normal. Of course, the DMV does not have this official authority, so this request can merely act as a suggestion.

Some residents are paying for their car registration fees online and then placing the proof of the payment within their cars. Explaining the situation to an understanding officer may deter you from getting a ticket.

If you choose to get your testing done, and are looking for a smog check in San Jose, consider visiting your friends at San Jose Smog Check. San Jose Smog Check is a STAR certified, test-only location, and we can quickly complete your smog so that you are fully compliant with the laws of the State of California.

San Jose Smog Check is located at 1585 W. San Carlos Street in San Jose. Look for a smog check coupon on our website to save money.

San Jose Smog Check will complete smog checks on all types of vehicles.

We know that you are feeling the stress from the recent events. Let San Jose Smog Check make your smog check renewal service as stressfree as possible.