Eligibility and Requirements
To participate in Clean Cars 4 All, you must own a model year 15 years or older passenger vehicle. For example, if applying in 2020, the vehicle must be 2005 or older. The old vehicle must have been registered or operated in California for more than two (2) years. All participants must live in Sacramento County and have a qualifying household income, which is calculated based on 400 percent of the federal poverty level. See if you qualify by taking our Eligibility Quiz.
Applicants must provide the following documents:
Yes. If you are on a fixed income and file taxes, then please obtain a Tax Return Transcript. If you did not file taxes, you must submit a Notarized Household Affidavit and IRS Letter of Non-filing Letter. The Household Income Affidavit will be available for download through your application portal. You can download the Letter of Non-filing from the IRS website or request it by mail. See the Application Resource Guide for additional details.
No. Applicants may only apply for the Clean Cars 4 All program once. Additionally, only one application may be submitted per household. A household may include a spouse and/or dependents. Applicants that have received incentives from the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, Rebate Now, Tune in Tune-Up, and Replace your Ride are not eligible for the Clean Cars 4 All program.
You will qualify for the program as long as the vehicle has been owned and operated in California for the past two years. If you have not owned the vehicle for two years or more, you can visit the DMV website to obtain a Vehicle History Report (VHR). This report will show how long the vehicle has been registered in California. If the VHR does not show your current address, please provide a current registration slip on top of your VHR so that program evaluators can see that it’s now registered under your name and within Sacramento County.
Only one car is allowed per household, based upon how the household is listed on your income documents.
If someone lives in your home with an independent income source, then they can apply separately. They must file a separate tax return and cannot be claimed as a dependent.
Yes, both the registration and the certificate of title of the vehicle you wish to replace must be in the applicant’s name.
If the car is salvaged, the vehicle registration must be current to be eligible to apply.
If you have gaps exceeding more than 120 days in your registration history, you must provide Proof of Operability.
The following documents are acceptable for Proof of Operability:
Yes, but the car cannot be on Planned Non-Operation (PNO) for more than 120 days. If it was on PNO for more than 120 days, please provide Proof of Operability (24 months of past insurance or two years of vehicle maintenance records as proof that you have been operating the vehicle).
No. You must apply for Clean Cars 4 All first and receive an Award Letter before purchasing a vehicle to be eligible for this grant incentive.
Yes, but please fill out the application using only one name. All documentation must match the name of the applicant. If you have more than one person on the Vehicle Title, talk with your Case Manager to see if both owners must be present when the vehicle is scrapped at Pick N Pull.
A household usually includes the tax filer, their spouse if they have one, and their tax dependents. To determine your household size, include:
When you fill out an application, you will need to provide the prior year’s federal Tax Account Transcript or a Letter of Non-filing from the IRS. The funding we can offer varies based on your hoursehold's annual income. The following provides guidance on how to estimate annual household income:
Whose income to include in your estimate?
Include income from all members of the household (as defined above) who are required to file a tax return.
Do I need to include income of people in my household?
Yes. Eligibility is based on total household income, not the income of only the household member applying for a voucher.
Do I include my dependents’ income from things like summer jobs, work-study, and limited part-time work?
They will count it only if they are required to file a federal tax return. If they file a tax return when they do not have to – for example, to get a tax refund – their income would not be counted.
What income is counted?
If you file taxes, your income must match the adjusted gross income (AGI) listed on your most recent Federal Tax Return. This information can be found on:
You can apply for Clean Cars 4 All online. The application process starts here. As part of the application, you will be asked to submit documentation to demonstrate eligibility for the Clean Cars 4 All program.
Case Managers from GRID Alternatives are available to assist anyone who would like additional help in applying for Clean Cars 4 All. You may schedule an appointment with a Case Manager who can help you submit your application. Paper applications are also available upon request.
The Case Management team at GRID Alternatives provides support in English/Spanish. Additional language assistance is provided using over the phone translation services. When you call into the Call Center, be prepared to tell the Case Manager which language you need translation services for.
We also recommend using the assistance of a family member, friend, or trusted individual who can work with a Case Manager on your behalf.
At the moment, the program only offers Scrap and Replace. However, we are in the process of creating a Scrap and Forget option to the program where you can be awarded a grant that can be used for alternative clean modes of transportation. This option is not anticipated until mid-2021. We are not able to provide additional details at this time.
Timelines are dependent upon the program caseload. Currently, we anticipate the process to take 90-120 days. We ask for your patience throughout the process. Please review the required document before you submit your application. Submitting incorrect documentation can lead to additional delays in processing your application. Reach out to a Case Manager if you require assistance getting the appropriate documents together. We will review applications in the order they are submitted.
You can view your application status by logging into your Fluxx account that you created to start your application. When you log in, you will be able to view your profile and navigate to check your application status. Your status will change from Submitted to Under Review as soon as a Case Manager begins to review your application, and a Case Manager will reach out to you with next steps or questions.
You cannot bring your car to be retired until you have purchased your replacement car. There are no exceptions. After you purchase your replacement car, you have 14 days to bring your vehicle to be retired at an authorized dismantler location. Please bring your completed Pre-Inspection checklist, your Post-Inspection checklist, Vehicle Title, and Driver’s License. It is suggested that you call ahead of time to get a sense of wait times.
No. Your vehicle must be brought to an authorized Clean Cars 4 All dismantler. Pick-N-Pull is the only authorized dismantler participating in the Sacramento Program. Please review your Pre and Post - Inspection paperwork for a list of authorized locations.
Yes, you must be willing to relinquish your older vehicle to the dismantler within 14 days of purchasing a replacement vehicle.
An Award Letter is granted after your application has been approved. The value of the Award Letter is paid directly to the dealership on behalf of the grantee. You will need to bring your Award Letter to an authorized Clean Cars 4 All dealership, and the dealer will verify your award and deduct the award amount from the sales price.
Participants are encouraged to purchase their replacement vehicle within 30 days. If you need more time, please reach out to your Case Manager.
Follow instructions below to complete an online application. If you need a paper application, please email our Case Management team at SacCleanCars@gridalternatives.org.
Vehicle Choice and Finance
Grant incentives for clean vehicles range from $5,500-$9,500. The award amount will be dependent upon your household income (adjusted gross income) and household size. Please check the annual income chart to see how much your grant will be. Your household income must be at or below the the base grant limit for your household size, which is equal to 400% of the federal low-income criteria
Grants do not need to be repaid. To use the grant incentive, you must receive approval before purchasing the vehicle and comply with all program requirements throughout the program term. The Award Letter will be presented to the dealer to lower the overall cost of the new or used clean vehicle you select.
No, this is a one-time grant and does not need to be repaid. Receiving a grant from this program will not affect your income going into 2021.
New or used plug-in hybrid (PHEV), battery-electric (BEV), or fuel cell electric (FCEV) vehicles are eligible for purchase with a Clean Cars 4 All. Used vehicles must be 8 years old or newer and have less than 75,000 miles. Participants may also lease a new PHEV, BEV, or FCEV. If purchasing or leasing a new vehicle, it must be on the CVRP Eligible Vehicle list. The vehicle must be purchased at a participating dealership. Click here to view our participating dealers.
To explore potential vehicle choices, visit the US Dept of Energy or PlugStar to get information on fuel efficient vehicles.
The price range for an EV varies depending upon whether you are buying new or used and the vehicle’s condition. It is likely that your grant award will not cover the entire cost of the vehicle. The average clean vehicle costs $15,000 to 22,000, and the average Clean Cars 4 All incentive is $7,500. There are vehicles under the $22,000 mark, but it will be challenging to find a clean vehicle with no out of pocket costs.
Yes, you can use the grant towards the purchase of a new or used vehicle. If purchasing a used vehicle, it cannot be more than 8 years old and have more than 75,000 miles.
No. Our incentives can only be used at our network of approved dealers. We have Dealer Agreements set up with approved dealers to ensure that customers are treated fairly, and consumer protections are observed. To review our list of participating dealers, click here. Please only work with the listed dealers and their associated contacts. (Any dealer may apply to be an approved dealer).
If you purchase a new or used Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV) or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), you may be eligible for up to $2,000 in charging support. Please note we do not anticipate this to be available until 2021. We are not able to provide additional details at this time.
No, this program does not include financing. You may seek financing through credit unions, banks, or through the dealership. The program requires that loans have an interest rate lower than 16%.
This depends upon when you last filed your taxes. If you have filed your taxes for 2019, please provide the 2019 Tax Account Transcript (if currently available from the IRS).
If you did not file taxes, please request a Letter of Non-filing for 2019. You will also need to fill out the Household Income Affadavit form to reflect your total income.
If you filed your taxes for 2019, you should be able to request your Tax Account Transcript.
If you have not filed your taxes for 2019 , you should be able to request a Letter of Nonfiling.
You may request your information from the IRS through any one of the following options.
Tip: To avoid delaying the time it takes to access your tax records from the IRS, we highly recommend that you first try to do the Online Instant Download (Option 1).
Please note: Option 1 requires that you provide information connected to a financial account, such as a credit card, student loan, auto loan, mortgage or home equity loan, home equity line of credit. If you have never had any of these types of financial accounts, we recommend you proceed with one of the other options listed below.
* These options are not currently available due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis. Please proceed with one of the other options until further notice.
Please note: Option 1 requires that you provide information connected to a financial account, such as a credit card, student loan, auto loan, mortgage or home equity loan, home equity line of credit. If you have never had any of these types of financial accounts, please proceed with a different option.
* This options are not currently available due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis. Please proceed with one of the other options until further notice.
Tip: When going to the IRS website to request your transcript, use the Internet Explorer browser to allow for instant document downloads. We also reccomend submitting the request on a computer rather than on a smartphone device. Requests made on a smartphone may be rejected by the IRS.
To submit your request via mail, you must fill out the Form 4506-T. You may click the following link to access the form: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf
If you do not have a printer, ask your Case Manager to mail you a copy of the form. Complete forms must be mailed or faxed to the IRS at the following address:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Fresno, CA 93888
*In person appointments at an IRS Office are not currently available due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis. Please proceed with one of the other options until further notice.
In some cases, the IRS may not be able to verify your identity or your past records. In this case it may be necessary to schedule an in-person appointment at your local IRS Office. The IRS office will not serve walk-ins. You must schedule an appointment in advance. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 1- 844-545-5640.
Contact information for Sacramento IRS Office:
4330 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
For more information, visit: the IRS news site
For any additional assistance requesting your tax information, please reach out directly to the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
*Over the phone assistance may be limited due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
The IRS has an automated telephone self-service that can be used to order a tax account transcript. Call 1-800-908-9946 to make the request.
Note: You will not be able to request your Letter of non-filing using this phone service.
Applicants who do not file taxes, must submit a Household Income Affidavit. To complete the Household Income Affidavit, you must use the services of a Notary to verify your information. When you go to see the Notary, please make sure you bring an identification card with you. Below is some information to help you access a Notary.
*Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, most CA DMV field offices are not currently accepting in person appointments.
You may visit the DMV website for the latest information on field offices reopening. Please see a list of alternative options below for accessing DMV services during these times.
Tip: The DMV will not give an option to speak to a representative, so you must say “speak to a representative”. You have the choice of waiting for the agent on the line, or you can request a call back by pressing 1. To contact a DMV agent by telephone, call 1-800-777-0133.
Once you are on the line, you will hear a message regarding DMV’s status due to COVID-19, then directed to an automated speaker to select a reason why you called. Say "Vehicle" or "Vessels" or select 1. Then, say "speak to a representative", to get a call back from a DMV agent.
For the most up to date information, check the DMV website for a complete list of available services.
The following online DMV sercives are available:
Please note that you must create an online account with the DMV to access many of these services. Click here to start registering for an online account with the DMV
Kiosks (DMV NOW)
Freestanding self-service kiosks are available at several locations. DMV NOW kiosks offer several services, including the following:
For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions about DMV NOW.
If you are not sure where to start, the DMV offers a Virtual Service Adviser on their website. You may start by typing in the service you are looking for and the website will direct you to the appropriate place. Click here to access the DMV Virtual Service Advisor.
Several services are still available by mail. To complete requests, download the appropriate form from the DMV website. Follow the directions on the form and submit via mail. You may reach out to your Case Manager if you require assistance accessing the appropriate form. Anything mailed to the DMV must have a note explaining why you are mailing them, and what your specific request is.
Most inquiries can be mailed to:
2415 1st Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95818
If you are a member of AAA, you may be able to access some DMV services at your local AAA office branch. Click here for more details
As part of your application, you will need to provide proof of the vehicle's registration for the last 2 consecutive years (there are exceptions if the vehicle has not been registered, talk to your Case Manager for more info). If you do not have records of your vehicle's registration available, you can access them through the CA DMV’s website. You may download the vehicle’s registration for the cost of $2 (paid online or via phone with a credit or debit card).
Note: This option will require access to a printer. If you are not able to access your Vehicle’s Registration History online, you can also request a printout by visiting a DMV Now Kiosk (see above for more details).
Click here to go to the DMV's Record Request website
When accessing your registration history through the DMV website, have the following information ready:
You can find public charging stations near you through PlugShare. If purchasing or leasing a new EV, you may also qualify for incentives through the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for at-home charging.
A Clean Cars 4 All grant cannot be stacked with funds from the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, Rebate Now, Tune in Tune-Up, and Replace your Ride. Other programs may be able to stack with the Clean Cars 4 All Program, such as the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP), SMUD incentives, or the Federal Income Tax Credit. Please visit our resources page to see what programs are compatible.
The Clean Cars 4 All program is accepting applications until available funds are exhausted. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will receive an Award Letter.
Case Managers are available to answer any of your questions and assist applicants throughout the process. The Call Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm PST. Case Managers are available to answer inquiries in English/Spanish. If you require ADA accommodations or other language translation services, please let us know to best assist you. You can also reference the Application Resource Guide, which provides helpful information for accessing the required documentation for your application.