Preapproval for CVRP Rebates
Are you interested in receiving preapproval for the CVRP rebate? Get the details below.
Waitlist in effect for Standard Rebate Applications received on or after June 5, 2019
As of June 5, 2019, funding is only available for qualified lower-income applicants, as described here. All other applications for vehicles already purchased/leased will be processed and placed on a rebate waitlist. As of 06/27/2019, the Legislature approved $238 million in Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds for CVRP. However, we anticipate that it could take several months to receive the funding. Qualified applicants on the rebate waitlist will receive payment when the project receives more funding from the State of California. Additional updates will be provided here as they become known. Learn more.
The Rebate Now pilot for San Diego County will continue to process applications for qualified lower-income applicants, but Rebate Now applications for all other income levels will not be accepted during the CVRP waitlist.
San Diego County – CVRP Rebate Now Pilot
Through a pilot launched on January 30, 2018, CVRP introduced an option to get preapproved for a rebate called CVRP Rebate Now. The pilot is limited to San Diego County residents and will give eligible residents the opportunity to be preapproved for a CVRP rebate prior to purchasing or leasing an eligible vehicle.
The CVRP Rebate Now option will be launched statewide after a successful pilot. More details will be announced in our Frequently Asked Questions as statewide planning is finalized.
How to Get Preapproved for CVRP Rebate Now
Follow this simple process to get preapproved:
- Apply online
- Submit requested supporting documentation
- Watch your status page for updates from our CVRP Processing Team. We will provide notifications if we need additional documentation and notify you when you are preapproved
Rebate funds are reserved for you at the time your application is received. CVRP will review your application materials and you will be preapproved if you meet applicant eligibility requirements.
Be sure to review general CVRP eligibility guidelines and the San Diego County pilot limitations described above before applying.
How to Use Your Preapproved Rebate
A preapproved rebate can be applied directly to the price of an eligible vehicle at the time of purchase at a participating dealership, or you may choose to receive your preapproved rebate by check after purchase.
To apply your rebate toward your vehicle down payment, you must visit a participating dealership and opt to apply your preapproved rebate amount toward the vehicle purchase or lease. The dealership will then claim the rebate online after negotiations are complete. If you prefer to claim the rebate yourself, you may purchase or lease the vehicle at any dealership.
If the dealership claims the rebate:
If you allow the dealership to apply the rebate amount toward your purchase or lease transaction, you are authorizing the dealership to provide vehicle documentation to CVRP. Your work is done if the rebate amount is reflected on your signed purchase or lease agreement, and your reserved funds will be transferred in their entirety to the dealership.
If you choose to claim the rebate:
If you choose to claim the rebate yourself, you must claim the rebate online before it expires. You are then responsible for providing a complete copy of your purchase/lease agreement and proof of registration within 14 calendar days. Without completion of these two steps, CVRP will release the reserved rebate funds, and you will have to submit a new application. Any new application will go through the standard application process and your eligibility will be subject to the Terms and Conditions, Implementation Manual, and fund availability in place at the time your new application is received.
After submitting your online application and supporting documents, CVRP staff will review your documents for completeness and eligibility. For current application processing times, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Once preapproved, your CVRP Rebate Now amount is available for 14 days. A one-time option to extend for an additional 14 days will be made available to you if you have not yet claimed your rebate within ten days. This option will be sent to you via email and made available on your status page. If you are approaching the end of your preapproval expiration date and wish to take advantage of the extension, please make sure that you watch for this email and check your status page. You may extend your preapproval on your status page or by contacting us before your preapproval expires. If your preapproval expires, you will have to reapply.
If you transfer the rebate to a participating dealership, the preapproved rebate amount is applied to your purchase/lease transaction at the time of sale. If you choose to claim the rebate yourself, your rebate check will be issued within 90 days of final application approval.
View our list of eligible vehicles and standard rebate amounts. Your preapproved rebate amount for each vehicle type will be listed in your confirmation email and on your status page after you apply.
If choosing to claim the rebate yourself, please review all vehicle eligibility requirements in advance of purchase or lease.
To apply your preapproved rebate from the dealership during your purchase or lease transaction, your dealership must be a participating dealership enrolled in the CVRP Rebate Now preapproval pilot. The list of participating dealerships is updated frequently. The option to enroll as a participating dealership is currently limited to dealerships located in San Diego County.