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CA Special Plates question

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by jgd108, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. jgd108

    jgd108 Member

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    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!
     
  2. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    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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  3. Big Dog

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    you may have to call DMV, or if you are a AAA member, they can help you out to swap plates.
     
  4. jgd108

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    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
     
  5. Trevor B

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    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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  6. TT97

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    Sequential issue or personalized? Sequential take 4-6 weeks, personalized take months (I heard six months). I ordered mine in May and still waiting.
     
  7. Eclipse3EB

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    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?
     
  8. Trevor B

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    Ah!!! Ok ... personalized.
     
  9. ForeverFree

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    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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  10. Need

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    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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    My custom legacy plate has 7 characters and a half space in there.
     
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  12. Need

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    FWIW, it didn't take ours 6 months, but almost 4 months. But custom legacy plates look so awesome they are worth the wait!
     
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  13. jgd108

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    Thanks guys. I ordered 3 months ago, I guess the D-Day is coming soon!
     
  14. Jedi2155

    Jedi2155 Model 3 has Arrived.

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    #16 Need, Aug 16, 2018
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    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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  17. jgd108

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    If you want legacy plates I would order ASAP since it take 4+ months to get them :)
     
  18. HelloJohnny

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    I'm order my custom CA plates in June 2018, still haven't received an update for them either.
     
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    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.
     
  20. TT97

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    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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