HOV stickers CA (timing)

HOV stickers CA (timing)

Did anybody get HOV stickers for your Tesla S yet ?
License plates took about a month, I was hoping to get the stickers
at the same time, but no...

Volker.Berlin | 21. November 2012
stevenmaifert | 21. November 2012

sergiyz - The tale from San Diego. Still waiting for our Model S, but we also bought a Leaf on October 6. Here's our timeline:

1) Plates and title arrived October 25.
2) CA CVRP paperwork filed October 6. $2500 rebate check arrived November 5.
3) Clean Air Vehicle Decals (White HOV Stickers) application mailed October 26. Couldn't mail until plates arrived because the numbers are required for the application. Still waiting. They haven't even cashed the $8 check yet.

I feel your pain!

sergiyz | 22. November 2012

oh, I completely forgot about CVRP, thanks for the reminder !
They still have about $10 mln left in the program.
I've checked the rules for the HOV stickers, you're right that a license plate must be assigned before you can file for HOV.
Tesla does it on your behalf, and they fedex-ed me the plates overnight once they've received them.
I guess they've filed the application for HOV at the same time, but my $8 check hasn't been cashed yet either.

stevenmaifert | 27. November 2012

sergiyz - CA DMV has cashed the $8 check. Will post when decals arrive.

family | 27. November 2012

I got my decals 33 days after I got the car. I had personalized plates already so I was able to file the CA decal request upon delivery of the car.

RZitrin1 | 28. November 2012

So does Tesla do it for you even though the plates haven't been assigned yet?

I haven't gotten anything or heard anything. Got my plates about 10 days ago after 10-26 delivery.

Thanks for any light shed on this.


stevenmaifert | 01. Dezember 2012

sergiyz - They arrived today. Took five weeks from mailing the application or 36 days if anybody's counting :)

RZitrin1 | 01. Dezember 2012

I'm counting :>).

Did Tesla file for you? They took my $8 check and said they'd do it for me, but I just got my plates last week.

Can anyone shed light?


stevenmaifert | 01. Dezember 2012

Richard - The decals that arrived today were for my new Leaf. Since Tesla Fedexs the plates, I will wait for them to arrive and mail the application for the Model S HOV decals from home. It's not that I don't trust Tesla, just would like the peace of mind of knowing the application was mailed. The CA Form Reg1000 requires the plate number, so if you just got your plates, it would mean the application was just mailed too.


Schlermie | 01. Dezember 2012

Can I order regular CA sequential plates before I own the car? Do I just need the VIN?

RZitrin1 | 01. Dezember 2012

Thanks, Steve. I'm getting personalized plates anyway. I may have to reapply.


portia | 02. Dezember 2012

Don't you have to put the sticker on the bumper and that seems to be an ugly thing on such a beautiful car!

stevenmaifert | 02. Dezember 2012

There are three stickers. The instructions:

"Carefully peel stickers from the backing material and apply as follows:

1. Please place the large stickers on the rear quarter panels - one on each side of the vehicle, behind the wheel wells, with the State Seal in the up position.

2. Please place the small sticker on the right side of the rear bumper, with the State Seal in the up position."

MB3 | 02. Dezember 2012

It makes no sense to me that stickers are required. The car has no exhaust pipes and therefore it is electric and can travel forever in the HOV lanes. It should be obvious to anyone even without the ugly stickers.

petero | 04. Dezember 2012

So much for my stealthy planning. A minor reason I ordered a white "S" is downplay the ugly HOV stickers which were white. I am aghast, the new ones are bright green.

One sticker mounted on plastic (removable) for the rear window, lower right corner and that is it. I will not sully the Venus de Milo with tacky stickers! I know, tell it to the judge.

Schlermie | 04. Dezember 2012


The green stickers are for the Partial Zero Emission Vehicles. Since Tesla vehicles are 100% battery powered, they still use the white stickers which are for certified pure zero emission vehicles.

Brian H | 04. Dezember 2012

Whew! Petero, you can de-agast yourself, and stop rehearsing noble, impassioned speeches to da judge about Venus' unsullied beauty.

stevenmaifert | 04. Dezember 2012

Oh come on now. How can you say those stickers don't look spiffy: If they had applied the rear quarter panel ones, it would even look better :>|

Schlermie | 04. Dezember 2012

If I'm unsuccessful maintaining the sticker in the rear window, then I'll be moving mine lower than that one in the Edmund's image (Elon's car?). It will be below that little red reflector, partially wrapped under the rear bumper.

Brian H | 05. Dezember 2012

Wear them with pride! "I'm greener than you are!" What's not to like?

petero | 05. Dezember 2012

Schlermie. Thank you, you have made my day.

stevenmaifert. "Spiffy?!" There is something very wrong using that word and Model "S" in the same sentence.

BrianH. Sorry, I am too busy obsessing over the "S's" unsullied beauty. Although I am considering one of the "My kid is an honor student..." bumper stickers. No wait, my kids are in college, who cares, never mind.

WSE51 | 05. Dezember 2012

Today is exactly 10 weeks since I picked up my Model S, and according to my bank activity report online, the $8 check was cashed yesterday! Tesla ownership insists that they submitted the HOV tag registration immediately upon getting my license plates, and those came within two weeks.

I still have misgivings about the aesthetic degradation of such a beautiful vehicle with these ugly decals.

Beaker | 05. Dezember 2012

I've seen them stuck to the grey plastic below the paint on a few Model S cars that I've seen.. That's where mine will go once they arrive.

stevenmaifert | 05. Dezember 2012

WSE51 - My decals arrived six days after my bank activity report showed the check had been cashed.

WSE51 | 08. Dezember 2012

My HOV decals just arrived today, 4 days after they cashed my $8 check and 10.5 weeks after I took delivery of the car.

kelly | 08. Dezember 2012

I received my HOV stickers today, 6 1/2 weeks after MS delivery. I was told by my DS at delivery that they would arrive with the plates (which was incorrect). I called Ownership Experinece when the plates came with no stickers and they told me the stickers come directly from the DMV and it is taking about 6-8 weeks, and if I didn't receive them after 8 weeks to check back in with them.

Just to confirm they are white (not green thankfully)! I happened to see the green ones today (for the first time...and before mine came in the mail) and my heart sank, as I thought maybe those were the NEW version.

Now the question is, do I stick them on? If I had to drive the freeway everyday I think it would be a no-brainer, but I don' I'm still pondering! It is nice to have the option though.

Also, just to clear up any confusion, yes Tesla had me complete the HOV paperwork, collected the $8 check, and sent it to the DMV.

Schlermie | 04. März 2013

2012/12/22: Received my car

2013/01/05: (Two weeks after receiving car) Received my plates and mailed in application with $8 check for HOV stickers.

2013/03/04: (Ten weeks after receiving car) CA DMV cashed $8 check

sidney_wang | 04. März 2013

Ouch, ten weeks?! I was hoping for six weeks. I submitted my application around end of Jan - I guess I still need to wait few more weeks.

bradslee | 04. März 2013

Got my car at the end of last year and did not submit the application to DMV until the end of January. The $8 check is still not cashed yet. Keeping waiting. I guess the State of California is really not short of money anymore.-:)

Chuck Lusin | 04. März 2013

I thought that I had heard that Tesla was putting on a small piece of the paint armor under the sticker, are they still doing that? That way it will be a clean remove when it expires.

jgraessley | 04. März 2013

If you get the paint armor, it covers the spot in the back where the back sticker goes but you still need to apply your own paint armor on the rear quarter panels yourself. It's a shame they didn't extend the paint protector from behind the back wheel wells far enough that you'd have space for the decal.

It took me almost 2 months. I got the car on Dec 22nd. I mailed the form and check on Jan 9th and received the stickers Feb 27th. The check was cashed on the 21st of Feb.

Adding to the frustration, I receive notice from the DMV that my plates were ready for pickup earlier in Feb. I made an appointment to pick them up for Feb 20th. When I got to the DMV, they couldn't modify the registration because some other change was made within the past 7 days (the HOV stickers?). When any change is made, they lock the registration for 7 days so no other changes can be made.

If you do get custom plates, you have to send in the HOV sticker form again to get an updated ID card. They can't print one out at the DMV for you or automate the process of updating the record that associates the sticker with your license plate. Your tax dollars at work.

Schlermie | 06. März 2013

2012-12-22: Received my car

2013-01-05: (Two weeks after receiving car) Received my plates and mailed in application with $8 check for HOV stickers.

2013-03-04: (Ten weeks after receiving car) CA DMV cashed my $8 check

2013-03-06: (10.5 weeks after receiving car) Received HOV stickers

bradslee | 07. März 2013

Wow, take two month time to receive the stickers after mailing the application. No wonder CA DMV has not cashed my check after I sent in my application at the end of January. Keeping waiting...

Shesmyne2 | 07. März 2013

CA needs to go the way of MA("EV" on plate) or Canada where they use green letters on EV issued plates

smd | 07. März 2013

Tesla did my application at delivery on 12/15/12 and I received them 3/6/13, so it was 11.5 weeks for me. That's a lot of bridge tolls I could've saved on had the DMV been more expedient.

JohhnyS | 07. März 2013

December 22 delivery and I am still waiting. The $8 check had not been cashed a couple of days ago.

Mark Z | 10. März 2013

After waiting and waiting, I realized that Tesla Motors never had me sign the REG 1000 DMV form. They looked it up and while the 3 month old form existed in the copy of their records, it had not been signed by me. My original check had not been cashed by DMV. Their suggestion: send everything to DMV as if it had never been sent by Tesla Motors.

I entered all the correct data for both pages of a new form by typing on the computer with a downloaded .PDF form. Printed it back to back and signed the bottom of the second page. Double checked and manually filled in any missing data that should have been printed! Put a small post-it-note on the top right corner to "Turn over for second page." Enclosed a full page registration copy. Of course, I included an $8 check. Put one Forever stamp on the envelope and then visited the post office for Certified Delivery. That sticker and postmark may have been an attention getter or perhaps the previously unfinished paperwork was in their system. The delightful surprise was to get the stickers within two weeks of the Certified mailing.

xenogeek | 15. März 2013

2013-01-15 Mailed application with check
2013-03-12 Check cashed
2013-03-15 Stickers arrived

smd | 16. März 2013

The last time I was at the Fremont service center, I asked for some scraps of paint armor. I cut them to barely larger than the HOV stickers and applied them as low as possible on the paint. I used a water/ethanol mixture to wet the paint armor for install and squeegee. It can be removed more easily in the future if the stickers ezpire.

shilo_js | 27. April 2013

Car Received: 3/23
Plates Received: 4/16
CA HOV App Mailed: 4/17
$8 Check Cashed: 4/24
HOV Stickers Received: 4/27

Moving much faster - make sure not to mail the app until you have your plates (or you'll be placed in limbo).

celtrog | 27. April 2013

BTW.... I drive the 10 FWY in LA...
HOV stickers do NOT help you in the FastTrak lanes...

you need to buy a transponder and incredibly you pay the same rate as an ICE

someone should wake up Jerry Brown


Paulreiche | 10. Mai 2013

Just received stickers, 3 weeks after mailing application.

stevenmaifert | 11. Mai 2013

Definitely faster. If your title arrives before your plates, it will have the plate number and you can mail your app then.

Xerogas | 11. Mai 2013

If I buy vanity plates (which means I know my plate number already), is it OK to mail in the HOV sticker application right away? Or will I go into limbo because they know I haven't received my plates yet?

earlyretirement | 07. August 2013

I had the same question as Xerogas if anyone knows? I ordered vanity plates a while back which probably should arrive soon. Can I simply put that on the application if my vanity plates happen to come before my normal plates from the dealership?

Colasec | 07. August 2013

@Xerogas and @earlyretirement

I'm in the same position. My understanding is that if the HOV processing team gets to your application before your car is actually registered in the system with the vanity plates, they'll reject it and then you might not find out about the rejection for several weeks.

I was planning to just try it, but changed my mind and am waiting on my plates. It's been seven weeks and I haven't heard anything. How long have you guys been waiting?

arc0300 | 07. August 2013

so if you have a white'd stand out less? :)

how about some magnets and attach it to the sticker. so when u know when you have to drive HOV, you just slap them on and take them off later.

earlyretirement | 07. August 2013

@colasec - ok that's what I thought. I guess I will just wait then. I ordered my vanity plates like 5 weeks ago.

@arc - magnets don't stick to aluminum. But I guess there is probably some way you can attach them maybe with some removable sticker.

earlyretirement | 07. August 2013

BTW, I know a few people that used this to stick it to their back window. None of them have had problems at all. One Tesla driver that I know in San Diego even had a motorcycle cop give him a thumbs up when he passed him in the HOV lane he said.

Xerogas | 07. August 2013

Hmm, I already have my HOV stickers on, and no plates (and I have the regular non-vanity plates in my trunk, because I'd rather wait for the vanity plates to arrive).

Are you saying that I need to get new HOV stickers once my vanity plates arrive?