Dolphin Decal Access Program

Malibu’s Dolphin Decal vehicle identification program was established to assist emergency personnel in identifying residents and other individuals who need to access their homes and businesses during some types of emergencies.

In the event of a residents-only road closure, the Dolphin Decal may expedite passage into the restricted area. This decal will be used to assist in identification only and gives no special rights or privileges to the holder. Decals are non-transferable and non-refundable. There is no expiration date on the decals.

When approaching a roadblock, all motorists will be checked for proof of residency or business in the Malibu area or to ensure they have a Dolphin Decal on their vehicle. During emergencies, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department briefs all deployed deputies on the Dolphin Decal Access Program, ensuring that even non-local deputies will know the meaning of Dolphin Decals.

Types of Road Closures

Hard Closure

No one is permitted through hard closures except for emergency services personnel. Hard closures are generally the result of an evacuation order or other threats to life safety. The Dolphin Decal will not provide entry during these closures.

Soft Closure

No one is permitted through soft closures except for emergency services personnel and critical incident resources (i.e. utility, Caltrans, City/County Roads, etc. or the needed to repair or restore infrastructure). The Dolphin Decal will not provide entry during these closures.

Residents-Only Closure

Soft closure with the additional allowance of residents and local government agencies assisting with response and recovery. The Dolphin Decal will help provide entry with potential further verification required. 

Everyone should be aware that all closures are operated at the discretion of law enforcement for the health and safety of all. 

Applying for a Dolphin Decal

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dolphin Decal Applications, photocopy proof of residency or business, and the $5.00 fee can be mailed to:

City of Malibu
Attn: Dolphin Decal Program
23825 Stuart Ranch Rd
Malibu CA 90265

Decals will be mailed back to the address provided on the form.