Gold Shield Program

The Gold Shield Program is only in California. It is designed to make the Smog Check Program more convenient for consumers by allowing a licensed Smog Station that meets higher performance standards to provide a variety of inspection and repair services.

Why We Think Gold Shield Certification Is Important

A Gold Shield Station must have technicians that are ASE Certified. These shops are rigorously monitored by the BAR (California Bureau of Automotive Repair) and are held to a very high standard.

Benefits to the Consumer

  • In addition to regular Smog Inspection and repair services, Gold Shield Stations can inspect and certify “Directed Vehicles,” issue certificates to “Gross Polluters,” and perform state subsidized repairs through the Consumer Assistance Programs (CAP)
  • Shops must meet strict testing and repair performance standards each calender quarter
  • Shops must submit to periodic performance inspections and monitoring


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