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How to find out which cars qualify for HOV stickers

Q: I want to see which model and type of cars qualify for the stickers that allow you to drive in the HOV (carpool) lanes in California. Is there a list or website I can check before making my next car purchase?

A: You can learn more about the current list of hybrid and electric vehicles that qualify for Green and White Clean Air Vehicle decals by visiting the California Air Resources webpage at

Q: One of my license plates fell off and I received a citation for a missing plate. How can I get a replacement?

A: For regular series license plates, complete an Application for Replacement Plates Stickers Documents (REG 156). The completed form and a $19 fee are required. Make an appointment online or by calling (800) 777-0133. Be sure to take the remaining plate and your current registration card to the DMV field office.

Q: I purchased a new personalized plate and want to add a hyphen between two letters. Is it legal to add to the plate?

A: No. It’s against the law to tamper with or obscure any portion of a California license plate, according to California Vehicle Code Section 5201. For more information, visit

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