Smog or emission check facilities are common in states with tight air pollution controls. States like California and New York allow facilities that are not auto repair businesses to perform emission tests and issue official reports required for vehicle licensing and renewal. Emissions testing shops must hold special state licenses and in some cases, licensing agreements to operate their computer systems.
Motor City has experienced its economic ups and downs over the past decade. While many business owners folded, new entrepreneurs are coming back and reinvigorating the scene. However, they face no shortage of licenses and permits. Detroit regulates a large number of business and expects its local small business community to ensure they are compliant. Today's Detroit remains a manufacturing center and a home to all three American auto makers. Because of its position on the Canadian Border, Detroit is also a center for Canadian trade. In addition, the city hosts several insurance companies, financial firms and casinos.