November 29, 2016 – Santa Monica, California. Automotive Defense Specialists, a California law firm of attorneys defending against Bureau of Automotive Repair citations, accusations, and letters is proud to announce a new blog post offering information on how to check STAR program scores. Station owners and technicians may be befuddled by the Bureau of Automotive Repair when it comes to checking their STAR program scores. [Read more…] about Automotive Defense Specialists Announces Post on How to Check STAR Program Scores of Bureau of Automotive Repair
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Santa Monica, CA – October 27, 2015. Automotive Defense Specialists, a California law firm specializing in Bureau of Automotive Repair issues, is proud to announce a new list of BAR STAR Program information. BAR, of course, stands for the Bureau of Automotive Repair and the STAR program is their latest SMOG-related regulatory system in California. [Read more…] about Automotive Defense Specialists, a Law Firm Specializing in Bureau of Automotive Repair Issues, Releases Updated BAR STAR Program Resources
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San Francisco, CA – October 20, 2014
Automotive Defense Specialists, a top law firm specializing in Bureau of Automotive Repair litigation, is proud to announce that they have released their resource list on the Bureau of Automotive Repair STAR program report cards. The STAR program scores are released each quarter, and indicate which STAR program stations or Smog Check stations are in danger of losing their license. The release of the scores provokes much head-scratching among the Automotive Repair Dealer community.
“The STAR program scores are generally released on a quarterly basis,” explained William Ferreira of the Specialized Law Firm of Automotive Defense Specialists. “At that point we get many calls and inquiries from station owners seeking to understand how to check, improve or fight their scores. So we have updated our resource list, accordingly, due to the September STAR scores release.”
To find the STAR program report card score resource list, please visit our STAR scores resource list at http://automotivedefense.com/?p=1339 There one can find a wealth of information on the STAR program and Smog check procedures, as well as information on how to check one’s report card.
The STAR Program and Bureau of Automotive Repair
California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair is the government agency charged with administering and enforcing the state’s STAR program. As of January, 2013, all stations that wish to certify directed and gross-polluting vehicles (smog checks) must meet specific performance standards under the STAR Program. The new program was developed in response to AB 2289 (Eng, Chapter 258, Statutes of 2010). All participants thus receive a STAR program score, usually referred to as their STAR program report cards. Stations can check their scores online.
Some stations fail the tests, and receive notifications from the Bureau of Automotive Repair that they are in violation and in danger of losing their license to perform smog checks. At that point, owners and technicians must wade through difficult information explaining how the tests are performed, STAR program scores calculated, and issues involving failure or improvements to one’s scores. The STAR program has been controversial since its inception.
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Automotive Repair Specialists is a top law firm representing auto repair facilities, smog check stations, and technicians in every facet of their legal needs including accusations from the Bureau of Auto Repair. The company offers free phone consultations to auto shops, mechanics, technicians and others who are facing disciplinary actions from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.
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Every quarter, the Bureau of Automotive Repair issues the STAR program scores for Automotive Repair Dealers and Smog Check stations throughout California. Many stations are informed that they have failed STAR, and are going to be invalidated. In other words, the Bureau is going to revoke their STAR program certificate.
At that point, people panic because their license is their livelihood. In this blog post, we will point out how to check your STAR Program scores and learn about how to improve them. You may be threatened with losing your STAR program license, and in that case the best course of action is to consult with an expert Bureau of Automotive Repair attorney.
Official Bureau of Automotive Repair Information on STAR Program Scores
The Bureau of Automotive Repair actually has an official website on ‘Star Testing Report Cards,’ which you can find at http://www.starcertifiedsmogchecks.com/. That website has the official information where you can check your STAR program score, or ‘report card’ as well as read questions and answers from the Bureau of Automotive Repair.
By clicking on the ‘enforcement’ tab, one can see the most recent citation list.
One can also consult the Bureau of Automotive Repair website enforcement section directly, at http://www.bar.ca.gov/Enforcement/index.html. There, the Bureau also posts Adobe PDF bulletins of disciplinary actions and citations against Smog Check stations and STAR program participants. You can click on the license number of any participant and get details on their license revocation, citation, or other regulatory action against. You can check your Smog Check / STAR Program status at http://www.bar.ca.gov/pubwebquery/star/welcome.aspx.
The September, 2014, scores have now been published.
So those are the official STAR Program sources of information. Let’s face it, they are only useful in an informational sense, and do little to explain how to improve your scores, or more importantly, how to defend your STAR program / Smog Check license.
Check, Improve, Fight, or Lose Your STAR Program License
Many station owners and technicians wonder whether they will lose their STAR program certification, and be unable to perform STAR Smog checks in the state of California. If you’ve failed on your STAR Program report card, or you’ve received a citation from the Bureau of Automotive Repair, you are well on your way to permanently losing your license. Beyond using the official resources above, the usual best course of action is to consult with an expert attorney who understands the legal procedures around the STAR program. Our law firm offers a free phone consult to any station owner or technician who has received a failing grade on their STAR Program report card.
Free Phone Consultation on the STAR Program Scores
If you’ve received a STAR Invalidation notice, citation, or accusation from the Bureau of Automotive Repair, reach out to us for a free consultation by calling 415-392-2886 or sending us an email.