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.
In the heart of America's early colonial settlement region lies Chesapeake. Although for most of its history the town was agricultural, today's Chesapeake has strong communications, retail and finance sectors. Chesapeake, like most Virginia cities, has significant local licensing. In many cases, applicants must apply in person. State licenses are also prevalent and an entrepreneur can expect several steps in the road to being properly licensed.