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Clean Pass Stickers for High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes on the Long Island Expressway

What is the "Clean Pass" Vehicle (CPV) Program?

The CPV program is a pilot program that is designed to encourage the purchase and use of vehicles that are very fuel efficient and that significantly reduce vehicle exhaust emissions.  The program is a joint effort by the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT), the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The DOT website has more details about the program.


What vehicles qualify for the Clean Pass vehicle stickers?

Make/Model
Model Year(s)
Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric Van (aka Ford Transit Connect)2012
Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric Wagon (aka Ford Transit Connect)2012
BMW 1 Series Active E2011
BMW i3 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle)2014
BMW i3 REX (Range Extended Battery Electric Vehicle)2014
Cadillac ELR2014
Cadillac ELR only models with "L" or "M" as the 5th position of the VIN2015
Chevrolet S10 Electric1997 - 1998
Chevrolet Spark EV2014 - 2015
Chevrolet Volt with the Low Emissions Package identified by E, F, G, or H in the 5th position of the VIN2012 - 2014
Chevrolet Volt only models with "C" or "D" as the 5th position of the VIN2015
Fiat 500e2013 and 2015
Ford C-MAX ENERGI Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)2013 - 2014
Ford Focus BEV2012 - 2014
Ford Fusion ENERGI PHEV2013 - 2015
Ford Ranger EV1998 - 2000
Honda Accord Hybrid2014
Honda Accord PHEV2014
Honda Civic Hybrid2006 - 2010
Honda FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle2008 - 2013
Honda Fit Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)2013 - 2014
Honda Insight Hybrid (automatic transmission only)2005 - 2006
Honda Insight Hybrid2000 - 2004
Kia Soul EV2015
Mercedes-Benz F Cell2011 - 2012
Mini Cooper Mini E2008
Mitsubishi i-MiEV2012 - 2013
Nissan Leaf2011 - 2015
Smart fortwo Electric Drive (ED) Cabriolet and Coupe2011, 2013-2014
Tesla Model S2012 - 2014
Tesla Roadster2008 - 2011
Toyota Prius C2012 - 2014
Toyota Prius Hybrid2004 - 2015
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)2012 - 2015
Toyota RAV4 EV2000-2003, 2013-2014
Toyota Scion iQ Electric Vehicle (EV)2013
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid2013 - 2014


For information about why only these vehicle models qualify, see the DOT website.

To request that your vehicle model be added to the list of qualified vehicle models or to ask questions about the operation of the CPV program, do not contact the DMV.  Contact the NYS DOT through the DOT website or call 518-457-6195.


How do I apply for the Clean Pass vehicle stickers?

You must have a vehicle that qualifies with a valid NYS registration (you cannot apply if you have a temporary registration issued by an automobile dealer).

You can either apply online (see instructions) or by phone. 

If you want to apply by phone

  • call the DMV at 1-518-486-9786 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays that are not State holidays
  • have the NYS vehicle registration card issued by the DMV available to provide information to the DMV

You cannot apply for the Clean Pass vehicle stickers at a DMV office.

There is no fee for the stickers. Your Clean Pass vehicle stickers will arrive by mail within 10 days.

If you do not receive your stickers within 10 days

  • see the instructions to submit your application online and report the problem using the same process, or
  • call 1-518-486-9786 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays that are not State holidays


What are the benefits of the Clean Pass vehicle stickers?

With the Clean Pass vehicle stickers on a qualified vehicle, you can drive the vehicle in a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) at any time with the driver as the only vehicle occupant.  Law enforcement agencies have been informed about the stickers and the qualified vehicles.


How many stickers will I receive, and how do I place the stickers on my vehicle?

You will receive four Clean Pass stickers on a single sheet of paper with specific instructions about where to place the stickers on your vehicle.

You will receive two large stickers and two small stickers. To correctly use the stickers

  • place one large sticker on the driver side of the front bumper
  • place the other large sticker on the passenger side of the rear bumper
  • place one small sticker on the lower rear quarter panel on the driver side, behind the rear wheel well
  • place the other small sticker on the lower rear quarter panel on the passenger side, behind the rear wheel well

With the four stickers displayed, a police officer can see at least one sticker from any side of the vehicle.  If you display the stickers on a vehicle that does not qualify or you do not correctly display the stickers, you can receive a traffic violation ticket.


What can I do if I do not receive my Clean Pass stickers in the mail or my stickers are damaged, lost or stolen?

  • see the instructions to submit your application online and report the problem using the same process, or
  • call 1-518-486-9786 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays that are not state holidays