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 soft 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

Soft closures are essentially a "residents only" closure. Residency can be proved with either a Dolphin Decal or a piece of identification with a Malibu address.

Please be aware that all closures are operated at the discretion of law enforcement. 

More Information

Complete a Dolphin Decal Application and return it to City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Rd) to receive your decal.

The Dolphin Decals cannot be mailed. The application must be submitted in person, and the decal will be issued in person.