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The California Air Resources Board is responsible for the official list of vehicles qualified to receive Clean Air Vehicle decals allowing solo drivers use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for accepting applications and issuing decals to qualified vehicles.

Eligible Vehicle List

Official list of all qualifying vehicles.

Current Clean Air Vehicle Decal Programs


Red Decals

Red decals expire on January 1, 2022 and are now being issued by the California DMV to qualifying vehicles that have not already been issued White or Green decals. There are income requirements and other details regarding this new California Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) decal program.

Qualifying vehicles issued a Green or White decal on or after January 1, 2017 will be eligible to apply for a Red decal. Vehicle owners issued White or Green decals on or after January 1, 2017, who are eligible for the Red decal, were mailed, to their address on file, a pre-filled CAV decal application form with instructions and a return envelope from DMV. The pre-filled applications were mailed by DMV in mid-October 2018.  

If you believe your vehicle is eligible for a new Red decal and you did not receive a letter from DMV, please submit a completed CAV decal application form (REG 1000) to DMV for review.

If your vehicle was originally issued White or Green decals prior to 2017, your vehicle is not eligible for the Red decal and will no longer be eligible to participate in the CAV decal program after January 1, 2019.  

More information.


White Decals

White decals are no longer being issued, but are valid until January 1, 2019 (per AB 266). Qualifying vehicles issued a White decal on or after January 1, 2017 will be eligible to apply for a Red decal.

Vehicle owners issued White decals on or after January 1, 2017, who are eligible for the Red decal, were mailed, to their address on file, a pre-filled CAV decal application form with instructions and a return envelope from DMV. The pre-filled applications were mailed by DMV in mid-October 2018.  If you believe your vehicle is eligible for a new Red decal and you did not receive a letter from DMV, please submit a completed CAV decal application form (REG 1000) to DMV for review.

If your vehicle was originally issued a White decal prior to 2017, your vehicle is not eligible for the Red decal and will no longer be eligible to participate in the CAV decal program after January 1, 2019.  

More information.


Green Decals

Green decals are no longer being issued, but are valid until January 1, 2019 (per AB 266). Qualifying vehicles issued a Green decal on or after January 1, 2017 will be eligible to apply for a Red decal.

Vehicle owners issued Green decals on or after January 1, 2017, who are eligible for the Red decal, were mailed, to their address on file, a pre-filled CAV decal application form with instructions and a return envelope from DMV. The pre-filled applications were mailed by DMV in mid-October 2018.  If you believe your vehicle is eligible for a new Red decal and you did not receive a letter from DMV, please submit a completed CAV decal application form (REG 1000) to DMV for review.

If your vehicle was originally issued a Green decal prior to 2017, your vehicle is not eligible for the Red decal and will no longer be eligible to participate in the CAV decal program after January 1, 2019.  

More information.


Future Decals

Clean Air Vehicle decals issued on or after January 1, 2019, are valid until January 1 of the fourth year after the year of issuance. The color for these decals has not yet been determined. These decals are issued to qualifying vehicles pursuant to CVC §§5205.5 and 21655.9. There are income requirements and other detailsregarding this new California Clean Air decal program.

For Decals Issued on:

Will Be Valid until:

January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019 or after to a vehicle that was issued a decal in 2017 or 2018

January 1, 2022

January 1, 2019 or after to a vehicle that did not previously have a decal

January 1st of the fourth year after the year of issue. 
For example, a decal issued on June 24, 2019 would expire on January 1, 2023

January 1, 2022 or later

All decals expire on September 30, 2025

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