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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?

a model year 2012 Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric Van or Wagon (aka Ford Transit connect)
a model year 2011 BMW 1 Series Active E
a model year 2014 Cadillac ELR
a model year 1997 to 1998 Chevrolet S10 Electric (only these model years qualify, not any other model years)
a model year 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
a model year 2012 to 2014 Chevrolet Volt (only vehicles with E, F, G or H in the 5th position of the Vehicle Identification Number qualify)
a model year 2013 to 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
a model year 2012 to 2014 Ford Focus Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
a model year 2013 to 2014 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV
a model year 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid (SULEV models only, with POU, POL and POR in Vehicle Identification Number positions 5,6,& 7 and a U in position 8 qualify)
a model year 1998 to 2000 Ford Ranger EV
a model year 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
a model year 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
a model year 2006 to 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid (only the Hybrid version of the Honda Civic qualifies, no other version of the Civic qualifies)
a model year 2008 to 2011 and 2013 Honda FCX Clarity
a model year 2013 to 2014 Honda Fit Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
a model year 2000 to 2004 Honda Insight
a model year 2005 to 2006 Honda Insight (automatic transmissions only)
a model year 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (SULEV models only, with POU, POL and POR in Vehicle Identification Number positions 5,6,& 7 and a U in position 8 qualify)
a model year 2011 to 2012 Mercedes-Benz F Cell
a model year 2008 Mini Cooper Mini E
a model year 2012 to 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
a model year 2011 to 2014 Nissan Leaf
a model year 2011 and 2013 to 2014 Smart ForTwo ED (electric drive) Cabriolet or Coupe
a model year 2008 to 2011 Tesla Roadster
a model year 2012 to 2014 Tesla Model S
a model year 2012 to 2014 Toyota Prius C (the Toyota Prius V does not qualify)
a model year 2004 to 2014 Toyota Prius Hybrid
a model year 2012 to 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
a model year 2000 to 2003 and 2013 to 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV
a model year 2013 Toyota Scion iQ Electric Vehicle (EV)
a model year 2013 to 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

For information about the reasons 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