Q.What is a Test-Only station?
Test-Only stations are licensed Smog Check stations that are only allowed to test cars. State law prohibits them from making repairs.
Q.How will I know if I need to take my car to a Test-Only or Gold Shield station?
You will be notified on the registration renewal notice sent by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if your vehicle must be inspected at a Test-Only or Gold Shield station.