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...

panfireman | August 7, 2013

Quick hint is to call CA DMV and they will tell you your assigned plate number so you can file the application.
July 23,2013 delivery
August 5,2013 called DMV got plate number and sent in application.
Will update when I get actual plates and stickers

SCCRENDO | August 7, 2013

Car has to be registered with the DMV before they will issue HOV stickers. I got my 85 in a week and submitted my HOV application immediately. Tesla only submitted my papers a week later. Received my plates the day I got my HOV sticker rejection in the mail. So sent it back that day and got my stickers within a few days. They seem only interested in the car being registered and receiving $8.00 from you. Have been driving with a rear plate and put on my stickers as recommended. They really don't look too bad. Requested vanity plates April 26 and my postcard arrived Aug 1st. Have an appointment to pick up the plates at the DMV next week. I believe the HOV stickers go with the car and not the plates but will check with DMV next week. According to the web site if you sell the car the new owner takes over the stickers. You just have to submit a change of ownership form. I can't remember but they probably will want another $8.00.

Colasec | August 8, 2013

@Xerogas - not new stickers but you do need to submit a form to change your current stickers to your new plates (and another $8). You don't have to do anything with the stickers themselves.

Colasec | August 8, 2013

@panfireman I've been calling every few days. I also took delivery on July 23rd, but plates are still not in the system.

bdukov | September 1, 2013

Why can't you still use the HOV lane without the stickers? All the CHP know it is a ZEV!!!!

JPPTM | September 1, 2013

Sorry, bdukov, but the law and CHP both state that if you don't have the stickers, you can and will get stopped and get a very expensive ticket. The CHP might not know or care what make/model of vehicle you are driving. Search these forums with and also at TMC for many examples/more info.

TommyBoy | September 1, 2013

The stickers aren't for the CHP - they DO know what is and isn't an EV. It's for the public. Say you're driving your nice expensive-looking Tesla in the HOV lane alone and Johnny in his truck is ticked that he has to sit in traffic and you're passing him so he calls the police and reports a black car with a single driver using the HOV lane illegally.

Or maybe he flips you off instead. Or chases you down to chastise you.

We're dealing with the public here, folks. Anything can happen. The stickers should alleviate some of these issues.

CalabasasKid | September 1, 2013

Do the stickers allow you to use the carpool lane for on-ramps as well?

bdukov | September 7, 2013

My CA HOV sticker timeline:
Aug 5 2013 took delivery (Van Nuys, CA)
Aug 15 plates arrived in the mail
Aug 15 mailed out application for clean air vehicle decals, with $8 check, CERTIFIED delivery
Sept 6 check to DMV cleared my account
Sept 7 decals arrived in the mail

Anonymous | September 7, 2013

bdukov, same time line for me also, took delivery Aug 3rd in Van Nuys, got my stickers today (I just mailed standard mail).

hsadler | September 7, 2013


'Do the stickers allow you to use the carpool lane for on-ramps as well?'

Yup. But do not try it on the HOT lanes!! Or free pass at tolls.

Anonymous | September 7, 2013

For California Only (from

"HOV facilities in the state include freeway-to-freeway interchange
direct connector ramps, direct local access ramps, freeway ramp meter bypass lanes, and toll plaza bypass lanes."

bdukov | September 7, 2013

Hey Tezzla, glad to see things in SCARE-amento are going on schedule. Have you heard from the energy rebate yet? RE the decals, here's a bitter irony for you. On 8/28/13, on the 405 south near Burbank Blvd., a motorcycle cop weaving lanes on the freeway, knocked into my right rear side. Damage is to the bumper (where the decal should go) and right rear quarter panel. $11K in damage. He accepted full liability. Now I have my decals, I CANNOT USE THEM! So I decided, as the bumper has to be replaced, to not add the large decals now, but instead, to place the small decal on the rear hatchback next to my "85" symbol. Do you think this a sufficient enough indicator of my legal right to be in the HOV lane? On a Pearl white model, it does not look so obtrusive!

spentan | April 24, 2014

My Check was cashed by CA DMV last Friday,

Haven't received my Decals yet,

I really hope they haven't been lost in the mail :/ its been long enough (got my car 31st January)

aok | April 24, 2014

What are the rules till you actually get the sticker ?

redders | April 24, 2014

no sticker no carpool lane unless you have sufficient people in the car