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The Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) program is for drivers of qualifying vehicles that meet specified emissions standards set by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Currently, the fee for a CAV decal is $22.
CVRP CAV Decal Restrictions
Since the CAV program’s inception, eligibility requirements have varied for those who also receive funds from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). Currently, participation in both the CAV and CVRP is based on the applicant’s gross annual income and the vehicle type.
In March 2018, the DMV began issuing a new red decal to replace the white and green decals for qualifying vehicles. This decal will be valid until Jan. 1, 2022.
White CAV decals were issued to battery electric vehicles and are valid until Jan. 1, 2019. Drivers with this decal are eligible to reapply for a red decal if they purchased a new vehicle after Jan. 1, 2017.
Green CAV decals were issued to plug-in hybrid vehicles and are valid until Jan. 1, 2019. Drivers with this decal are eligible to reapply for a red decal if they purchased a new vehicle after Jan. 1, 2017.