1. Create a Login and Complete Each Step of the Online Application
Due to the current pandemic and health crisis, it can take as little as three weeks or as long as three months to complete the application process. It depends on how long you take to submit your application, how many applications we are processing, and how quickly we can verify your eligibility from the documentation you provide. Below is a brief summary of application requirements:
- Have your legal name and social security number on hand.
- Have your previous year’s tax return on hand and e-sign the form we email you. If you did not file taxes, you can upload different income verification documents.
- Provide your current and previous addresses and upload a picture or scan of your Driver’s License or AB 60 License.
- Complete program education requirements.
2. Decide Which Clean Vehicle and Financing Option is Right for You
Consider if a plug-in vehicle or hybrid will best fit your lifestyle and driving needs. Which charging options are available to you? You can start learning more about clean vehicles, charging options, and financing options. We encourage you to do your own research.Learn More
3. Find CVA Program Network Dealerships Near You
CVA Program grants can only be redeemed from a dealership that is approved on our CVA Program Network Dealership List. We aim to only work with dealers that have proven to treat consumers fairly; we do not work with predatory dealerships. To begin your vehicle research, use this AUTOSMART car shopping tool. Find step by step instructions for how to use AUTOSMART HERE.Learn More
4. Receive an Approval Letter in the Mail
To redeem a grant, you must FIRST receive an Approval Letter. You will have 35 days to redeem your grant at one of our Network Dealerships once you are approved.
5. Negotiate the Price of Your Favorite Clean Vehicle
Once you’ve found a qualifying vehicle at a network dealership, don’t forget to negotiate the price! You’ll want to bring your approval packet when you go car shopping, but you don’t need to disclose that you have a grant until you’ve secured a great deal.
6. Redeem Your Clean Vehicle Grant!
Work with the dealership to finalize the paperwork and purchase contract as required by the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program. The dealership will send in the paperwork and once it is verified, we will send the grant payment to the dealership to be applied to your purchase. Dealerships have the right to hold the vehicle until the paperwork is verified and the grant is paid, which can take up to a few weeks.Learn More