How Does it takes to get the CA HOV Decal ?

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by capt3450, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. capt3450

    capt3450 New Member

    Hi Clarity's Californian owner, any ideal of how long does it takes to get a CA HOV decal (Red one). I submitted the DMV application along with a fee's check since Nov 1st 2018 (bought new in early October), but heard nothing and the check hasn't cashed yet.
    -capt3450
     
  2. bfd

    bfd Active Member

    6–8 weeks.
     
  3. capt3450

    capt3450 New Member

    I'm almost there :) Thanks. Typical Cali's DMV they're worst than USPS
     
  4. bfd

    bfd Active Member

    It's too bad that these stickers, like registration stickers, can't be purchased at AAA for those with memberships.
    I suspect that with DMV ramping up for the new Purple stickers (1/19) that takes three of the four people dealing with all the stickers off the line. :rolleyes:
     
  5. ukon

    ukon Member

    Does anyone know if I can get rebate now but apply for red stickers later?

    My commute is short but my wife's commute will be long sometime next year end. So I am going to apply for decal in 2021 Jan, to allow HOV access until Jan 1st 2025 as per new rules.
     
  6. guinness10

    guinness10 New Member

    I think you’d be taking a big chance by waiting until 2021 to apply. Auto eligibility changes by year and I don’t know if a 2018 model year car will still qualify for stickers in 2021.
     
  7. rodeknyt

    rodeknyt Active Member

    IIRC even a qualifying used car that never had a sticker previously issued can get one. At least currently.
     
  8. ManKo

    ManKo Member

    It took about 2-months to get mine. Funny thing is they didn’t cash the check the whole time. Then I see the check get cashed and two days later the stickers show up in the mail.
     
  9. banshee2008

    banshee2008 New Member

    If it takes 2 months to receive...does that mean if you apply for HOV stickers NOW you will get the purple stickers? Trying to make sure to get purple stickers while at same time minimizing the wait. :)
     
  10. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

    I saw a So Cal dealer with new Clarity PHEVs on lot with the new red HOV stickers already on the cars.

    Is this something the dealer can expedite thru their DMV access ?
     
  11. Rav

    Rav New Member

    Does anybody know what this is about? I saw it this morning and wondered if the DMV was doing something different.

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  12. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

    Ha, looks like the VW owner was impatient waiting for the stickers.
    He must have printed out on his computer.
     
  13. guinness10

    guinness10 New Member

    If I had to guess either they got impatient waiting, or they received their stickers but don’t want to apply them to their car and they think this will somehow circumvent that. I have my doubts.
     
  14. guinness10

    guinness10 New Member

    I know that’s something Toyota was able to do at one time. In my case, my wife worked for Toyota Financial before they moved to Texas. When she took advantage of their employee lease program, the stickers were applied the day she picked up the car. No waiting. I’d guess it’s entirely possible that Honda may have that ability now too, but I don’t know for sure.
     
  15. Mariner91

    Mariner91 Member

    I don't know the new rules are (for 2019>) but current rules ties the HOV stickers to CA State rebates, and if the dealership did that, they may screw up who actually buys that car.
     
  16. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

    That's scary!
    I wonder if the dealer took the $1500 state rebate ???
     
  17. Mariner91

    Mariner91 Member

    Only if the car was already leased (Not purchase). For some leases (as I was told, Im not a dealer lol), the dealer basically gets to apply for both State and Fed rebates. The dealer I talked to said they have similar incentive on leases that basically lowers the car price by the Fed amount, but not the state (again vary by dealership).

    So hopefully the cars you saw are either already leased, or used.
     
  18. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

  19. rodeknyt

    rodeknyt Active Member

    Yes, the dealers can (and many do) get the stickers when they take delivery of the new cars from Honda. All the Claritys at the dealership where I got mine had the stickers on them already...EXCEPT FOR MINE which I didn't realize until I got home (I have a red car). Long story short, I finally got stickers, but it took a couple of months to get it straightened out.
     
  20. Valente

    Valente Member

    I live in Palm Springs and drive to Los Angeles frequently for work. The HOV sticker is sometimes a real time saver. However, I do notice a huge amount of single drivers in the HOV lane. They weave in and out. I would guess about 25-30% or more of the cars are single drivers. It seems as though there's not enough police to enforce the law. But they are certainly around when they see me driving alone. I've been stopped TWICE for driving in the HOV lane even though I have bumper stickers. Can you believe? Each time I had to explain what the bumper stickers are for. They even asked to see where the plug-in is. Both times they were very polite but truly stupid.
     
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