Your experiences with the DMV (YOM registration)
First attempt: complete failure.
I went to the Oxnard DMV (first mistake) today and it started well. The nice older woman helping me was convinced that all was well with the plates I was trying to register. They are "R" series black plates for my 65 Comet.
Well her over caffeinated and hyper co-worker walks up and says "Why is he trying to register 1963 plates to a 1965 vehicle?"
I told her the base plate is 63 but the number series is correct for the car. She insisted that they were 63 plates because of the "63" stamped on the plates. I tried to explain the numbering sequence...that the series started with AAA-000 etc but she wouldnt listen. I asked for the supervisor, he called Sacramento and they agreed that I was trying to register 63 plates to a 65 vehicle. Also, he said I needed dated tags for the plates...I said B.S. and I showed him a copy of the new law. No go. And the nosy hyper-active counter worker then said "you need a metal tag that attaches to the corner of the plate!" Huh!?!? I was done for when the knucklehead manager said "Im not going to argue sir... call Sacramento."
Observations: The law is vague. It says the the DMV will determine a plates validity by checking with enthusiast organizations and car clubs. BS. Who would do that? Sacramento? The local office?
And a question: it comes down to the letter series being correct for the year vehicle. How can I prove this? Where does it say that 63 vehicles are A-D and 65's are N, P, Q, and R?
I need some documentation for that one.
So... I have plenty of other DMV offices to try. Thousand Oaks next, then Simi Valley, then the San Fernando Valley and Palmdale and Lancaster. Ill get them registered.
More to come.
Past Mustangs: 66 Fastback 289/4spd, 2 65 Coupes with 289s, 66 Coupe 289/C4. All gone away!
1965 Mercury Comet Hardtop
289/Autolite 4100/4spd Toploader
1964 Ford Falcon convertible. 289/C4. PS, power disc brakes, power top