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CA Special Plates question

jgd108

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Jun 13, 2017
376
210
orange county
Hi!
I'm eagerly waiting for my M3 to be built, in the mean time I have a question
I have CA Special Interest Plates in the Environmental type that I kept from my last car.
With the M3 in Pearl White I would like to switch them to 1960 Legacy (Black background with Yellow letters).
Is it possible to do? If I try to order new ones obviously my wording is already taken.
Thanks!
 

gg_got_a_tesla

Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913
Jan 29, 2010
6,534
769
Redwood Shores, CA
I don’t think there’s a process to switch like that... Each set of plates need to be ordered new and in isolation while checking for availability and hence, will run into a conflict with your existing ones.
 
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jgd108

Member
Jun 13, 2017
376
210
orange county
you may have to call DMV, or if you are a AAA member, they can help you out to swap plates.

Will do.

While on the topic, I'm trying to see for new wording and it appears if I put a half space and later a space (not together) when I see the plate in the cart it looks like my half space has been removed.

Ie.
X(halfspace)X(space)XXXX
it shows as
XX(space)XXXX

Thanks
 

Trevor B

Active Member
Apr 2, 2016
1,173
631
USA
Any idea how long it takes to receive them? I thought it was 4-6 weeks from the application date, but it's been 6 weeks and I haven't received the 1960s plate yet.
 
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TT97

Active Member
Aug 6, 2017
2,173
2,911
Los Angeles
Any idea how long it takes to receive them? I thought it was 4-6 weeks from the application date, but it's been 6 weeks and I haven't received the 1960s plate yet.

Sequential issue or personalized? Sequential take 4-6 weeks, personalized take months (I heard six months). I ordered mine in May and still waiting.
 

Eclipse3EB

Member
Jul 25, 2018
32
45
Bay Area, CA
Will do.

While on the topic, I'm trying to see for new wording and it appears if I put a half space and later a space (not together) when I see the plate in the cart it looks like my half space has been removed.

Ie.
X(halfspace)X(space)XXXX
it shows as
XX(space)XXXX

Thanks

I don’t think CA plates can go over 7 characters total. With the half space you were at 7.5. Maybe that’s why they removed it?
 

ForeverFree

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Jul 9, 2015
606
1,364
Sherman Oaks, CA
Hi!
I'm eagerly waiting for my M3 to be built, in the mean time I have a question
I have CA Special Interest Plates in the Environmental type that I kept from my last car.
With the M3 in Pearl White I would like to switch them to 1960 Legacy (Black background with Yellow letters).
Is it possible to do? If I try to order new ones obviously my wording is already taken.
Thanks!


As I understand it, you can port your custom plate to the legacy style ... if yours has no more than six characters (max for the legacy plate).
 
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Need

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Nov 22, 2017
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2,262
Rancho Cucamonga
Will do.

While on the topic, I'm trying to see for new wording and it appears if I put a half space and later a space (not together) when I see the plate in the cart it looks like my half space has been removed.

Ie.
X(halfspace)X(space)XXXX
it shows as
XX(space)XXXX

Thanks

The half space does not show up well in the cart, but it is wider in person. It is closer to the graphic when you are making it than it is in the cart. I have XXXXXX(halfspace)X and I can definitely see the halfspace on the real plate.
 
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Jedi2155

Model 3 has Arrived.
Jul 6, 2018
1,685
1,408
Upland, CA
Never ordered a specialized plate before, do you submit it as soon as you receive your vehicle, or do you submit after receiving the normal plates?
 

Need

Active Member
Nov 22, 2017
2,973
2,262
Rancho Cucamonga
Thanks guys. I ordered 3 months ago, I guess the D-Day is coming soon!

It will go to your local DMV and you will get a letter telling you that it has arrived. If you want, you could make appointment now for a few weeks ahead. When I got ours, I have to wait another week because all the appointments were full. I would never go to a DMV without appointment.
 

Need

Active Member
Nov 22, 2017
2,973
2,262
Rancho Cucamonga
Never ordered a specialized plate before, do you submit it as soon as you receive your vehicle, or do you submit after receiving the normal plates?

When the plates are ready, they are delivered to your local DMV. Then you will go there and bring your old plates and swap them out. They will print out new registration and give you new stickers. When you apply you don't have to give them old plate info. You could swap out any plate with the new plates. The only thing is that you have to pick up the new plates within a certain number of weeks. I think it stated that in the letter that notify you the plates arrived at the DMV.
 
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TT97

Active Member
Aug 6, 2017
2,173
2,911
Los Angeles
I didn't think the wait time would be so long for these plates. Is there anyway to get the vintage plate rather than the regular plate? I'm still waiting for my original plates to get delivered, but it seems that I am unable to order the vintage plates at Special Interest License Plate Ordering System without having knowledge of my current license plate number.

Go through here:

Special Interest License Plate Ordering System

You can order without having an existing plate (or even the car yet).
 

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