The Gold Shield Program is designed to make the Smog Check Program more convenient for consumers. It allows a licensed Smog Check station, that meets higher performance standards to provide a variety of inspection and repair services to California consumers. In addition to the regular Smog Check inspection and repair services, Gold Shield stations can inspect and certify “Directed Vehicles,” and issue certificates to “Gross Polluters,”
Gold Shield Eligibility Criteria
A Gold Shield station must:
- Have no disciplinary actions against its Automotive Repair Dealer Registration (ARD), Smog Check station license or the licenses of its technicians or managers.
- Meet strict testing and repair performance standards each calendar quarter.
- Submit to periodic performance inspections and monitoring.
Certification for auto professionals. Peace of mind for customers.
The non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. Today, more than 350,000 professionals hold ASE certifications, and work in every part of the automotive service industry. Just look for the blue-and-white ASE insignia.