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CA HOV Access


New Member
Nov 29, 2019
San Mateo, CA
Can someone help me understand CA HOV access program?

I got a M3 AWD in Sept 2019 and trying to figure out if I should apply for HOV access now or wait till the beginning of next year (2020). Based on my understanding, if I apply now I will get a purple sticker that will be valid until Jan 1st, 2023 and if I apply in January of next year, I will the new color sticker (for 2020) that will be valid till Jan 1st of 2024 - so, waiting till next year will get me an extra year of HOV access. Is that correct?

Also, what determines what sticker I get? Is it the year of purchase of vehicle or is it the year I apply for HOV access?

Thanks for your help in advance!


Active Member
Jul 10, 2015
Orange County, CA
The date the sticker is issued determines which "year" you get. You are correct - waiting till early January (or late December, as it will take them time to process) will get you an additional full year of HOV access.
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