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California, how long do you wait for your plates to be delivered?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by GuyGadois, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. GuyGadois

    GuyGadois Member

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    I took delivery December 4th and here we are 9 weeks later and still no plates. Is this common? To get my carpool stickers do I have to wait until I get my plates and then apply for it? I would really like to drive in those carpool lanes!

    The upside to not having plates is free toll roads in So Cal!

    GG
     
  2. JenniferQ

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    I applied before my plates arrived and received the stickers. But 9 weeks is really long. I'd check on them if you haven't already.
     
  3. BertL

    BertL Active Member

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    Yes, you should check with your Delivery Specialist. I had the fastest delivery of my MS plates of any vehicle I've ever purchased... just over 3 weeks, and I was shocked. I submitted paperwork and sent in my check for the White HOV Sticker the day the plates and registration arrived -- those took another 5 weeks or so to finally hit my mailbox.
     
  4. alexdav

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    I took delivery on the very same day, but at the factory. I got my plates in the mail sometime in mid January, but I haven't put them on yet. I only used the plate to apply for HOV stickers and figure I'll put the plate on when the stickers arrive.
     
  5. freeewilly

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    It normally takes about 2 weeks to receive license plate in California.
    My Tesla took 10 weeks to receive license plate, because Tesla lost my purchase agreements when they mail my documents internally, I contact them after 8 weeks, they resubmit my documents to DMV, I received my plate 2 weeks later.
     
  6. SPXMike

    SPXMike Member

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    Four to five weeks for the plates, then another four weeks or so for the white stickers. This was last October.
     
  7. Mark Z

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    Three weeks for mine to appear for Model X. I sent the $8 for CAV HOV stickers immediately after getting the registration and plates in the mail.

    Mine arrived in a white envelope that hides the DMV yellow envelope. Almost looked like an advertisement, except for the stiffness of the plates.
     
  8. mach.89

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    #8 mach.89, Feb 13, 2016
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    Live in SoCal...
    Took delivery of MS 11/25/15
    Plates arrived 12/20/15
    HOV sticker application sent 12/21/15
    Stickers arrived 1/22/16
     
  9. Haskell99

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    May be different in CA but in Colorado it took THREE MONTHS. Had to go back for another paper tag.
     
  10. andyaycw

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    9 weeks seems too long for California. I waited about 3 weeks for my license plates here in SoCal, and another ~4-5 weeks for my HOV stickers after that.
     
  11. Opa H

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    Picked up 90D from Fremont factory on 1/22/16; received the plates in the mail (Santa Cruz, CA) 3 days ago - 2/12/16.
     
  12. Fanatic1

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    Picked up car just after Thanksgiving 2015 in Palo Alto and received plates in the mail just before Christmas 2015.
     
  13. mshuang

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    Picked up my Tesla on 3/30/15, plates received 5/4/15. Applied for HOV 5/4/15. HOV stickers received 6/6/15.

    My plates have an April date, so I'm assuming that Tesla didn't turn in the paperwork to DMV until a few days later.

    At the time, it seemed that it took forever for the plates to arrive, but I guess it wasn't all that different from getting the white stickers.
     
  14. Fanatic1

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    It does seem like in California it is about 4 weeks to get plates and then 4 weeks to get HOV stickers after you send in a check for $8. I got my California rebate about 4 weeks after sending in the form.
     
  15. DCGOO

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    I just received my third temporary plate from Tesla. Delivered on Dec-23-15. I have not had to ask, they just keep coming, before the last one expires.
     
  16. Steve2498

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    I picked up the car on Dec. 12th 2015 (California), received my pink slip after 4 weeks, which referenced my license number and allowed me to apply for the HOV sticker.

    My plates didn't show up until 7 weeks after getting the car and the HOV stickers showed up a week later.

    The plates come from Tesla not directly from the DMV so it could be that Tesla is responsible for some of the delay.
     
  17. blanche

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    Got my car on 8/22/2015 and got the tags on 10/9/2015. They had to mail me another set of temp tags after the first set expired after 30 days. Pretty poor service and a complete lack of proactive response from the DS. I had to goad them with multiple emails asking them to track down the plates and to expedite the delivery as I could not apply for the HOV tags with temp tags. Very frustrating, but fortunately, the only pebble in the shoe in the whole delivery process and thereafter.
     
  18. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I believe it took 8-12 weeks for me to get mine in fall 2014. Maybe they were busy or just tired. I suspect the latter.
     

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