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Friday, July 29, 2011

CA DMV...Some bad people..one OK person

Yesterday was DMV appointment day for me...register the bike and switch my license over.  used the online appointment system for a 4pm appointment.  Showed up five minutes early and walked up to window 20.  There i was instructed to take my bike for a visual inspection.  I asked about my license and was told, we will take care of that after....so off to the inspection are.
a woman comes out after 20 minutes of me sitting there and looks at my steering neck tag...
DMV person "can you read that she says?  The fairing is in the way"  
Me...nope...but i have the title right here
DMV...I need to see that tag
Me...well i dont have the tools to take the bike apart--and why would i this is a stock bike
DMV..well if i cant see it, you cant be inspected
me..Then YOU have a problem...i made an appointment for this and it didnt say take my bike apart
DMV...wait..i will get someone younger that can see it
Me...fine

so after a few minutes of PURE BS i am given paperwork.  its now 25 past 4 and i get sent to a window to do my registration.  I ask about my license and get told, yup, right after this.  So i pay my 300 freaking dollars to register the bike in Ca and head to the license window.  There i am told I will have to come back tomorrow as it is too late to take the written test...I look at the clerk and say, i suggest you get a supervisor because the next words out of my mouth are not going to be nice.

Meet the supervisor at window four and he says, nothing we can do, testing is closed.  I calmly explain that his computer system set the appointment, his attitude laden inspector took 20 minutes to come look at my bike and i am not leaving without everything i came for.

so at 450 i walk into the test area.
DMV...you cant possibly finish the car and motorcycle written tests in 10 minutes
me...i need three minutes
DMV...its impossible
me..its impossible if you keep wasting my time, give me the forms
DMV...hmmpphhhhh
DMV...you re done?  that was like three minutes
Me...great...grade them please
DMV..oh my, you only got one answer wrong...
Me...so i guess i pass?
DMV..yes, but now you need to go get your picture taken
Me...great

I run across the office to the picture area and get a shot done.  then i run back to testing to give her the slip that says i had a picture taken.  she gives me a temporary license and says, "wow, nothing has ever happened in the DMV that fast in the whole time I have worked here"  I said, "imagine if you actually did that all day?'" People wouldn't hate this place.

Then i got to stand in line at window one for 5 more minutes to get my plate for the bike....
Welcome to California...ughhhhhh