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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:49 am

mwalsh wrote:I can let you know fairly soon - colleague took delivery of a Fiat 500e about 2 weeks ago.

So I guess I can actually say that it's a minimum of two weeks.

Colleague got his decals this last Saturday. So exactly 6 weeks from purchasing his 500e on 9/27.
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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:34 pm

I got a short three week turnaround from mailing my application about Oct 18 to receiving stickers Nov 10. This was for my 2013 LEAF that had been registered for 16 months already but I hadn't applied for stickers yet.
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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:48 pm

mbender wrote:
mgs333 wrote:
chuhouse2003 wrote:Any one know what the waiting time is now?
I got my plate number on 9/24, mailed in my application 9/25, check cleared 10/15, received a few days later (was out of town so unsure when it exactly came) by 10/18.
Mailed application with check around the same time and am still waiting for the check to clear. Something must be wrong, grrrrrr.
FYI, something was wrong (my address on the form didn't match exactly with their records). I corrected it, sent it back, and got the stickers in about a month from mailing. It might have been expedited somehow because it had already been there once, but I don't see how. Unless I sent it back to a special address the second time, which I don't think I did.

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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:42 am

I got my registration from CA DMV in a quick 3 weeks. I immediately sent in my request or carpool stickers. Its been about a week and will report back when I get mine.
UPDATE. I mailed application and $8 on 1-27-15. Check cashed on 2-20-15 and got stickers on 2-23-15.
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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:28 pm

Just wanted to add this, since either incorrect information was given up thread, or the rules have changed since that post was made.

The Metro Express Lanes (I10 and 110 around LA) do allow you with the white sticker to use the lanes as if you were a 3+ (you still need a transponder with switch).
Effective February 24, 2014, vehicles displaying a DMV issued White or Green Clean Air Vehicle Decal http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/decal.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; will be toll-free. All vehicles, including Clean Air Vehicles, are required to have a FasTrak® transponder while traveling on the ExpressLanes. To ensure toll-free travel, set your transponder to switch position 3 (3+ person carpool) prior to starting your trip. Clean energy vehicles that do not have a Clean Air Vehicle Decal must drive with their transponder set according to their vehicle occupancy.
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Same for the 91 Express Lanes. Motorcycles and vehicles with a white sticker can use the 3+ lane, which is free, except from 4-6pm M-F while heading east. At those times, it is 50% of the current toll. Still need a transponder. If you are only going to use the transponder with a white stickered EV or motorcycle, you can set up a special account that doesn't get charged the minimum monthly fee of a normal account or the setup fee, but you don't have to have the special account. I have one transponder that I use between my motorcycle and regular cars, and will also use with my Leaf once I get the white stickers in the mail. I have it on the standard plan since I do use it on occasion in my ICE cars.

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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:19 pm

If you're talking about my post, keep in mind that it was nearly 2 years ago since I posted that and yes things have changed since then.

Another thing that has changed since then is the Metro Express Lanes transponders are no longer free except for low-income users. Before, if you made a minimum of 4(?) trips a month in the Metro HOT lanes, you are only charged the toll itself, and no additional fees for the Metro FasTrak. Now there is a $1/month "maintenance fee" regardless of amount of usage.

There are maintenance-fee-free transponders available from other FasTrak agencies, but if you use these in the Metro HOT lanes, you will be charged the solo-driver toll regardless of the number of passengers you have or what kind of car you are driving.
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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:15 pm

More changes since the last post: 91 Express Lanes now have a switchable (1/2/3+ occupant) transponder for use with the Metro HOT lanes in LA County. The advantage of the 91 Express Lanes transponder over the Metro one is that the former has a "Convenience Plan" which does not require a monthly maintenance fee, currently $1/month with Metro regardless of usage. The disadvantage is you do have to buy the transponder outright at $75, but it will pay for itself after 76 months, faster if Metro decides to increase the maintenance fee.

The new transponder is not yet shown on the 91 Express Lanes website, but I found out about via an email I got.
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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:17 pm

Applied for stickesrs in week of July 10, yet to receive the carpool stickers. Any idea how much longer to wait?

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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:02 pm

I got mine a month or 2 ago. I think in total, it took around 3 weeks, 4 at the most.
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Re: Wait time for California DMV carpool stickers?

Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:55 pm

Here's how mine went, just to keep this current.

The lease on my 2012 Nissan Leaf was ending 9/14/15, so here is what I did:

Leased 2016 Kia Soul EV 8/5/15
Continued to drive 2012 Leaf...
Received License Plates: 8/27/15
Continued to drive 2012 Leaf...
Mailed White Sticker App: 8/28/15
Continued to drive 2012 Leaf...
Turned in Leaf: 9/12/15 :-(
Drive Kia in traffic...
Check Cleared: 9/22/15
Drive Kia in traffic...
Received White Stickers: 9/26/15
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7 weeks and 3 days after lease of new Kia.

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