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CALIFORNIA Carpool Lane Sticker

I have gotten my three carpool lane stickers, but I can't bear to put the ugly big side stickers on my beautiful white S. Do you think I can get away with just the smaller back bumper sticker? I'm gonna try it!

At least the stickers don't show up so obviously on a white car. I couldn't stand to permanently stick them to my midnight blue Model S, so I have scotch taped the two larger stickers to the inside of the small triangular windows next to and behind the back seats. A CHP can see the stickers in the window before they can see that you are alone, and it's obvious to other drivers that you have the stickers. It has worked for me so far.

In the same boat here
The stickers have spent 3 weeks in my glove box

I placed all three stickers on the black lower panel. I put a slight bit of the top round of the two larger side stickers into the crack between the painted and plastic surface so that the decal number and state seal would be more visible at the bottom. The side ones are placed next to the vertical line where the plastic suddenly "curves." Photo links show all three locations.

With them in this position, a working police officer at the side of the road may not see them clearly at first glance and ask you to pull over. But as they take another look, you are good to go. (Happened at the 57 SB to 5 in Santa Ana - Three officers handing out tickets.)

One more suggestion. Cut the single strip of 3 stickers so you can place all 3 into a copy machine. Create one 8 1/2 x 11 inch page and cut out the paper copies to test placement on the vehicle. Leave the originals alone until you are happy with the results. Do not drive with the paper copies. Clean the plastic bumper before applying the originals.

MarkZ...They look pretty nice. You must be a meticulous kinda guy...I like that.

Can you show a wider shot of your car so we can see the overall look?


I'm thinking that even if they pull you over, if you show them the stickers in the glove compartment you should be good to go. True, you lose some time but how often are you going to be pulled over compared to spoiling the car?

Bought some xpel clear bra material from amazon for 6 bucks. put the sticker on the vinyl, cut the vinyl to the sticker shape and set the smaller white sticker on the back of my midnight blue P85. It can come off easily at anytime with no residue. I am kind of proud of the sticker but don't want all three ruining the look. I also think more people now look at the car with the sticker attached.

Stickers are ugly, period. I think I'd rather be stuck in traffic than stick them on my MS. Plus, I can surf the web while stuck in traffic :-)

You could have posted those here.
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Is it harder to remove the stickers from the black panel compared to the paint?

I had an accident (rear ended) in our honda civic hybrid that had the old yellow stickers. When I had the bumper replaced, they peeled off the yellow stickers, but they pulled off the cellophane part and the sticky part couldn't be removed from the old bumper. so, they gave me those (basically a non-stickable version of the sticker). I never put them back on the new bumper, I simply left them in the glove box. Once when I was pulled over and explained what happened to officer (showing him the stickers and original document that came with). No issues and I was on my way. We got the stickers when they came out, and drove without them for 40K miles and was pulled over just that once. So, I suspect it's going to be a rare occurrence and if you're courteous to the officer, I think it likely will be all good.

Similar to EcLectric, I have a single small sticker on the right side rear triangle window. I asked a CHP friend of a friend, and he said he would give a verbal warning if he had pulled me over. Good enough for me.

If I HAD TO put one on the bumper, I would do it just like Mark Z did, which is as nice as I've seen them in the "correct" place. Actually, I'd try to get away with just one on the back.

I received mine a few weeks ago - issued in NY state. There are 2 small ones and 2 HUGE ones. No way I can graffiti my S with these -a bit over the top - 2 small stickers on the bumpers (placed in the middle of them would be sufficient....or even better - a sticker on the front and back license plates would have been sufficient.

I just put the little sticker on the rear bumper and keep the big ones in the glove box. I don't like how it looks but it isn't too bad. CHP can clearly see I have the sticker, but if they pull me over I'll just show them the others... if they even ask. I really don't think its an issue.

All my stickers on my Signature Red are on the lower black panels. I have 11K miles mostly HWY. Never been stopped, and I do use the carpool lanes.

@andex23 You don't think that will make sticker thieves' job easier too?

When I got my stickers I looked at the instructions. They said "Please" place the stickers as indicated. In my opinion, when they say "please" it's not an order. The Cal. Vehicle Code says the stickers must be displayed. It doesn't specify where. I've spoken with one CHP officer (not within view of my car) and he told me that he'd stop someone who had the stickers in the window. (where mine are). All that being said, I put my stickers in the rear door windows and on the hatch. But, now that I've seen the placement in the photos, I think I may break down and do it his way.

I place my stickers exactly where they are indicated to be placed. I learned a long time ago that police do not have a sense of humor.

@pvetesla; Here is the wider photo requested. Thanks to Brian H for the HTML code.

The three California HOV white stickers are for the rear of the vehicle. Ignore the front bumper instruction for the green sticker.

@Mark Z. Your car is soooo shiny!

What I did was to obtain a small roll of 3M armor shield, 4 inches wide. Stick the DMV stickers to the 3M armor shield material,cut around the stickers, and then stick the stickers to the body. The 3M material is alot easier to remove, if need too. Got mine through Amazon.

I also ordered the 3M armor shield from Amazon, it came today. Still waiting for the HOV stickers from CA DMV. I'm thinking about just starting with the small one on the back lower right and taping the bigger ones in the small triangle windows in the back seat.

Will the 3M or XPEL stuff work on the bumper locations Mark Z used or does it only work on paint?

I had mine installed professionally by a tint store using the 3M product for $25. I followed the DMV placement location instructions. Mine is a dark blue MS. I'm more concerned about the removal process. As long as its done properly and neatly, it should be ok. Actually it looks like it belongs there. By the way, I drive everyday on one of the toll bridges in the Bay Area and the HOV lanes so I don't want any hassle on being pulled over. Enjoy your Badge of Honor!

Clean Air Decals will give your Tesla the "je nais se qua" look. An imperfect beauty!!

Je nais se quoi!

Je ne sais quoi

Which is french for "ugly", in this case..

Did the stickers just get extended till 2020?

gldlcks55 - I hope you aren't the Dark Blue that I pulled in behind on 2nd street in San Francisco yesterday just as the parking patrol was issuing the car a parking ticket. If so, really sorry man!