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Clean Special Fuel Vehicles/Plates

Clean Fuel plates are issued to qualifying vehicles based on the date of DMV receipt of the plate application. Plates issued before July 1, 2011, may only be renewed or transferred to a newly purchased qualifying vehicle.

Clean Special Fuel Plate Types

PLATE TYPE DESCRIPTION

plate issued to qualifying vehicles 
registered on or after 7/1/2011
This plate is issued on or after July 1, 2011, and exempts the vehicle from the occupancy requirements of any HOV lanes except those in the I-95/395 corridor and I-66 corridor.

plate issued to qualifying vehicles 
registered on or after 7/1/2006 and before 7/01/2011
This plate was issued between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2011, and exempts the vehicle from the occupancy requirements of any HOV lanes except those in the I-95/395 corridor.

image of plate issued to qualifying vehicles 
registered before 7/1/2006
This plate was issued before July 1, 2006, and may be used in HOV lanes statewide without regard to the occupancy requirement.
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Clean Special Plate Fees

The annual fee for both clean special fuel license plates is $25 in addition to the regular vehicle registration fee. $15 of the $25 fee goes to the Virginia State Police HOV-Enforcement fund.

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Qualifications for Clean Special Fuel License Plates

In order for your vehicle to qualify as clean fuel it must be exclusively powered by clean special fuel. The following types of fuels may qualify a vehicle for clean special fuel plates:

  • Compressed Natural Gas
  • Electricity
  • Ethane
  • Hybrid Gasoline/Electric
  • Hydrogen
  • Hythane
  • Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas
  • Methane
  • Solar
  • or Combination of two types of clean special fuels

Please refer to the table below for a list of vehicles qualifying for clean special fuel license plates

YEAR QUALIFYING VEHICLES
2015 Acura ILX 1.5L, Acura RLX 3.5L, Cadillac ELR 1.4L, Chevrolet Volt 1.4L, Ford C-Max 2.0L, Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in 2.0L, Ford Fusion 2.0L, Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in 2.0L, Honda Civic 1.5L (auto-CVS trans.), Honda Civic 1.5L (Man.), Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, Kia Optima 2.4L, Lexus CT200h 1.8L, Lexus ES300h 2.5L, Lexus GS450h 3.5L, Lexus RX450h 3.5L, Lincoln MKZ 2.0L, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry 2.5L, Toyota Highlander 3.5L, Toyota Prius 1.8L, Toyota Prius 1.8L plug-in
2014 Acura ILX 1.5L, Acura RLX 3.5L, BMW I3 REX 6.0L, Buick Lacross 2.4L, Buick Regal 2.4L, Cadillac ELR 1.4L, Chevrolet Volt 1.4L, Chevrolet Impala 2.4L, Chevrolet Malibu 2.4L, Ford C-Max 2.0L, Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in 2.0L, Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion 2.0L, Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in 2.0L, Honda Accord 2.0L, Honda Accord Plug-in 2.0L, Honda Civic 1.5L, Honda Civic 1.5L (Man.), Honda CR-Z 1.5L, Honda Insight 1.3L, Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, Kia Optima 2.4L, Lexus CT200h 1.8L, Lexus ES300h 2.5L, Lexus GS450h 3.5L, Lexus HS250h 2.4L, Lexus RX450h 3.5L, Lexus LS 600hL 5L, Lincoln MKZ 2.0L, Mercedes Benz E400 3.5, Nissan Leaf, Tesla S, Porsche Panamera S. 3.0L,Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0L, Tesla X, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Avalon 2.5L, Toyota Camry 2.5L, Toyota Highlander 3.5L, Toyota Prius c 1.5L, Toyota Prius v 1.8L, Toyota Prius 1.8L,Toyota Prius1.8L Plug-in, Toyota RAV 4 EV, Volkswagen Jetta 1.4L
2013 Acura ILX 1.5L, Buick Lacross 2.4L, Buick Regal 2.4L, Chevrolet Volt 1.4L, Chevrolet Malibu 2.4L, Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in 2.0L, Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in 2.0L, Honda Civic 1.5L (auto-CVS trans.), Honda Civic 1.5L (Man.), Honda CR-Z 1.5L, Honda Insight 1.3L Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, Kia Optima 2.4L, Lexus CT 200h 1.8L, Lexus ES300h 2.5L, Lexus GS450h 3.5L, Lexus RX450h 3.5L, Lexus LS 600hL 5L, Mercedes-Benz S400 3.5, Mercedes Benz E400 3.5, Nissan Leaf, Tesla S, Tesla X, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Avalon 2.5L, Toyota Camry 2.5L, Toyota Highlander 3.5L, Toyota Prius c 1.5L, Toyota Prius 1.8L, Toyota Prius v 1.8L, Volkswagen Jetta 1.4L
2012 Buick Lacross 2.4, Buick Regal 2.4, Chevrolet Volt 1.4L, Fisker Karma 2.0L, Ford Escape 2.5L, Ford Fusion 2.5L, Honda Civic 1.5L (auto-CVS trans.), Honda Civic 1.5L (manual), Honda CR-Z 1.5L, Honda Insight 1.3L, Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, Kia Optima 2.4L, Lexus CT200h 1.8 L, Lexus HS250h 2.4L, Lexus RX 450h 3.5L, Lexus LS 600hL 5L, Lincoln MKZ 2.5L, Mercedes-Benz S400 3.5, Mercury MKZ 2.5L, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry 2.5L, Toyota Highlander 3.5L, Toyota Prius c 1.5L, Toyota Prius 1.8L, Toyota Prius 1.8L plug-in
2011 Chevrolet Volt 1.4L, Ford Escape 2.5L, Ford Fusion 2.5L, Honda Civic 1.3L, (auto-CVS trans.), Honda CR-Z 1.5L, Honda Insight 1.3L, Hyundai Sonata 2.4L, Kia Optima 2.4L, Lexus CT200h 1.8L,Lexus HS250h 2.4L, Lexus GS450h 3.5L, Lexus RX450h 3.5L, Lexus LS 600hL 5L, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda Tribute 2.5L, Mercedes-Benz ML450 3.5, Mercedes-Benz S400 3.5, Mercury Mariner 2.5L, Mercury Milan 2.5L, Nissan Altima 2.5, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry 2.4L, Toyota Highlander 3.5L, Toyota Prius 1.8 L
2010 Ford Escape 2.5L, Ford Fusion 2.5L, Honda Civic 1.3L, Honda Insight 1.3L, Lexus GS450h 3.5L, Lexus HS250h 2.4L, Lexus RX450h 3.5L, Mazda Tribute 2.5L, Mercedes-Benz ML450, Mercedes-Benz S400, Mercury Mariner 2.5L, Mercury Milan 2.5L, Nissan Altima 2.5, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry 2.4L, Toyota Highlander 3.3L, Toyota Prius 1.8L
2009 Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Lexus GS450h, Lexus LS600h, Mazda Tribute, Mercury Mariner, Nissan Altima, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.4 L., Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
2008 Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Lexus GS450h, Lexus RX400h, Lexus LS600hL, Mazda Tribute, Mercury Mariner, Nissan Altima 2.5, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Camry, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
2007 Ford Escape, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Lexus GS450h, Lexus RX400h, Mercury Mariner, Nissan Altima 2.5, Toyota Camry, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
2006 Ford Escape, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Lexus RX400, Mazda Tribute, Mercury Mariner, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius
2005 Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius
2004 Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius
2003 and Earlier Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius

NOTE: As new vehicles qualify, this information will be updated. Flexible fuel vehicle engines that do not utilize only a clean special fuel DO NOT qualify for the plates.

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Applying for Clean Special Fuel License Plates

You must submit a "License Plate Application" (VSA10) to include the entire vehicle identification number (VIN) and title number. If you have just purchased the vehicle, DMV can verify if your vehicle qualifies for clean fuel plates; however, we cannot process the transaction until your vehicle is titled on our automated system.

DMV's Special Registration Work Center is the only division that can issue, reissue or transfer clean special fuel plates. To speed the processing of your application, you may fax your VSA 10 directly to us at 804-367-6379 or mail to DMV Registration Work Center, P.O. Box 26668, Richmond, VA 23261-6668. If you submit your application to a Customer Service Center or DMV Select, staff will fax your application to the Special Registration Work Center for processing. Clean special fuel plates cannot be issued at a Customer Service Center or by a DMV Select agent, an automobile dealer, or via the Internet.

After a thorough review of your application and documentation, the DMV Special Registration Work Center will determine whether or not your vehicle qualifies for clean special fuel plates. You will then be notified by mail, and if qualified, the clean special fuel license plates and an invoice for payment will be mailed to you unless payment has already been submitted.

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