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It’s Official!
BAR Sets March 9th As The Deadline to Obtain Your DAD


BAR has set the deadline for the full implementation of the OIS program. On March 9, all Smog Check shops will be required to use a data acquisition device like the certified Applus’ Smog DADdy™ for official OIS inspections. The Smog DADdy™ will be used exclusively for most 2000 and newer OBD equipped vehicles. This is a much faster inspection which will be used for approximately 70% of smog tests.

If a shop does not have a certified DAD activated by March 9, they CANNOT test most 2000 and newer vehicles. The BAR97 system can no longer be used to test these vehicles after this date. One significant advantage of the OIS is reduced reliance on dated BAR97 equipment, increasing productivity and reducing maintenance costs for smog check shops.

Approximately 4500 Smog Check locations across California now use the OBD Inspection System (OIS), with more added daily. This number is increasing rapidly and all smog check shops must have the DAD by March 9 to maintain their Star Certification and/or continue to test model year 2000 and newer OBD equipped vehicles.

The new OBD Inspection System offers significant advantages to Smog Check stations looking to achieve or improve their Star scores, since issues such as improper gear selection and speed excursions are eliminated. Elimination of vehicle functional checks leads to simplified and more efficient inspections.

The Applus Smog DADdy™ offers the industry’s BEST warranty, BAR annual re-certification guarantee and peace of mind for years to come.

Smog DADdy™ was the FIRST data acquisition device certified for the OIS. Find out why it has become the clear choice for smog check providers.

Interested in becoming a smog check provider? Smog DADdy™ makes it cost-effective to add a new revenue stream to your business!

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