An update on Clean Air Vehicle Decals

October 15th, 2018 by

HOV decal

There is a lot of information (and misinformation) floating around about the HOV stickers and changes to the program. At BMW of Escondido, we decided to put together a simple little write up so that as you shop you have little more clarity.

Current white and green clean air vehicle decals will be discontinued as of January 1, 2019and are only valid through the end of 2018. Current white and green decals will only be issued to replace lost or damaged decals until January 1, 2019.

Vehicle owners who received a red, white, or green HOV decal from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018 may apply for a new Clean Air Vehicle decal that will expire on January 1, 2022. Any decal originally issued after January 1, 2019 expires three full years plus the partial year from when the decal was issued. All decals expire on September 30, 2025.

Used cars are eligible for a Clean Air Vehicle decal, providing they have never previously had one. The expiration date of the decal is based on the application date for the decal, which is three full years plus the partial year from wen the decal was issued.

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           January 1, 2022
a decal in 2017 or 2018)

January 1, 2019 or after (to a vehicle that did not                  January 1 of the fourth year after the year of issue.
previously have a decal)                                                               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


*This information was compiled from and This information is subject to change is is provided by the author as a reference. See dealer for final details on the specific vehicle you plan on purchasing.

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