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Fee Increases

Effective January 1, 2020, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has increased the registration fee from $57 to $59. The CHP fee has been increased from $26 to $27. Dealers are advised to make sure these new fee amounts are programmed into their systems.

Income-Based Clear Air Vehicle Decal Program

Starting January 1, 2020, eligible clean air vehicles (CAV) that were issued a CAV decal prior to January 1, 2017, can be issued another decal valid until January 1, 2024, if the new registered owner’s gross annual household income is at or below $65,777. The DMV has compiled a list of VIN to help dealers and consumers determine which vehicles are eligible for this CAV decal renewal program here. Note that ultra-low-emission vehicles issued white CAV decals are no longer eligible and were removed from the list.

Of importance, the currently registered owner cannot be the same owner of the vehicle when the original decals issued prior to January 1, 2017, expired. Dealerships also cannot apply for the Income-Based CAV Decal Program due to the gross annual household income limitation. The vehicle must be registered in the applicant’s name, and the sales transaction and transfer of ownership must be completed before the application can be submitted.

In order to apply for the program, applicants must submit completed REG 1000 and REG 1000 IB forms together, and the vehicle ownership information for both forms must match.

So, practically speaking, even though your dealership cannot pre-apply vehicles for the program, this may be a potential selling point for some of the older used CAVs on your lot.

For more information, please refer to the DMV VIN 2020-01 Income-Based Clean Air Vehicle Decal Program memo.

Nonresident Military TIF Exemption

Nonresident military (NRM) personnel and their spouses who qualify for the vehicle license fee (VLF) exemption are now exempt from paying the applicable transportation improvement fee (TIF). This exemption also applies to a member of a force or civilian component of NATO who is not a U.S. citizen.

The REG 5045 and REG 5046 forms are being revised by the DMV to also reflect the TIF exemption.  When processing such applications, dealers should refer to the procedures in Chapter 10 of the Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual, specifically sections 10.095 Nonresident Military Personnel and 10.080 Members of NATO.

For more information, please refer to the DMV VIN 2019-19 Nonresident Military TIF Exemption memo.


If you have any questions regarding this issue, or any other situation that may arise in your sales or service departments, hotline clients are invited to contact us at (800) 785-2880 (then press “4” for hotline) or [email protected]

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