Government Fleet Smog Check Stations BAR-OIS Requirements and Startup Information

Starting January 1, 2016, government fleet stations must use the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Inspection System (BAR-OIS) when performing Smog Checks on most model-year 2000 and newer gasoline and hybrid vehicles and most model-year 1998 and newer diesel vehicles registered to government agencies.

Government fleet stations may acquire the necessary BAR-OIS equipment and begin testing affected vehicles prior to January 1, 2016. Government fleet stations that choose not to obtain BAR-OIS equipment on or after January 1, 2016, must refer affected government vehicles to a privately owned Smog Check station for a BAR-OIS inspection.

Government agencies that own and operate vehicles in affected Smog Check areas must ensure their fleet obtains the proper Smog Check inspection according to the testing requirements specified in the Smog Check Manual. Vehicles incorrectly tested may be subject to retest at the discretion of BAR. This may also be cause for rejection of the agency's Annual Reporting Transmittal.

Equipment Requirements

The BAR-OIS consists of a certified Data Acquisition Device (DAD) and other off-the-shelf equipment, including a computer, bar code scanner, and printer. The DAD is the only BAR certified component of the BAR-OIS. Off-the-shelf equipment must meet minimum performance requirements to ensure compatibility with the BAR-OIS software.

Startup Information

All government fleet stations should have received a letter from BAR containing a unique bar code that is to be used in lieu of a wall license. Government fleet smog inspectors have also received a new inspector badge that includes a bar code and a new inspector number for use when conducting BAR-OIS inspections. Each government fleet station and each inspector will also require a unique email address.

For complete startup information, refer to the BAR-OIS registration, download, and training information available on the BAR-OIS webpage.

If you have any questions, or require additional assistance, please contact the BAR Fleets Unit via email or contact us by phone at (916) 403-0313.