White and Green HOV stickers expire at the end of 2018 for California plug-in and electric vehicles
For many California drivers of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle, 2018 will be the last year the HOV lane is available to them. Both white and green decals will no longer grant single passenger vehicles access to the carpool lane in California.
An unlimited number of new decals will be issued in their place. Drivers of qualifying vehicles who received their white or green decal in 2017 or 2018 may apply for a new decal.
|Qualifying Vehicles||Valid through|
|100% Battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, compressed natural gas vehicles, and plug-in hybrids.||3 years from year of issue|
|100% Battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and compressed natural gas vehicles. Owners of qualifying vehicles purchased after January 1, 2017, may apply for a red decal.||January 1, 2019|
|Plug-in hybrids. Owners of qualifying vehicles purchased after January 1, 2017, may apply for a red decal.||January 1, 2019|
|Hybrids||No longer valid (as of July 1,2011)|
Additionally, there are income eligibility requirements on the new decals. Individuals or families that do not meet the income eligibility requirements are only eligible for the decal and not the state rebate when they buy or lease a new battery or plug-in hybrid. Individuals and families that do not meet the eligibility requirements may choose between a decal or a rebate when they buy or lease a new fuel cell vehicle. These requirements apply to:
Single filers with annual income above $150,000
Head of household filers with annual income about $204,000
Joint filers with annual income above $300,000
For more information visit the California Air Resources Board.
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