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Lighting Auto Registration

(760) 721-9494
Walk-ins Welcome
Appointments AVAILABLE

We now offer
registration services

Star Certified

Get new license plates, registration stickers, and registration cards on-site!

Ensure the maintenance of your vehicle and contribute to clean air and a healthy environment. Come to Lightning Smog for your smog test/emission inspection. We are a star certified smog check station located on South Coast Hwy in downtown Oceanside, CA.

KUSI News Story about long wait times at the California DMV - 05/20/2018

We test MOST vehicles, including:
  • Test Only
  • Hybrids
  • Diesel
  • Out of State
  • Star Directed
  • Salvage Vehicles
  • All Wheel Drive 
  • Military Base Access
  • Transfer of Ownership

Employee and Shop


At Lightning Smog, we understand time is one of your most valuable assets. Our main priority is to get you in-and-out as quickly as possible so you can get on with your day. We strive to provide the comforts of old fashioned, neighborhood-style service that has unfortunately fallen to the wayside in this modern-day-and-age. We also have an in-house registration services business, Lightning Auto Registration. This allows us to register, transfer ownership, and perform vehicle verifications for your vehicle. We have License Plates, Stickers, and Official Registration Cards on-site for your convenience. Service charges apply.

(760) 721-9494


Lightning Smog

242 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054


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Monday - Friday   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday               8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday                 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Easter - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mother's Day - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Memorial Day - CLOSED
Father's Day - 9:00am - 5:00pm 
4th of July - CLOSED
Labor Day - CLOSED

Halloween - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day - CLOSED
Christmas Eve - CLOSED
Christmas Day - CLOSED
New Year's Eve - 8:00am - 5:00pm
New Years Day - CLOSED

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