About a year ago, I bought a used Hyundai (“rhymes with SUNDAY”) Elantra. I chose to get new plates instead of transferring the old ones from the car I was getting rid of (or, if you prefer, “…of which I was ridding myself”).
A couple of weeks later, I received letter from DMV, saying a clerical error had resulted in my plate number having been recorded as issued to two different vehicles. I promptly confirmed that I had it and mailed the letter back. The other guy is supposed to have received the same letter.
Fast forward to last week.
I had received a renewal, as I should, for our Kia Sedona that was due for renewal, so I went on line to do that. In my record, the Elantra was flagged as not eligible to renew on line, and that I should call DMV about it.
The confirmation of who had the plates was never processed. Postal Service? DMV? Not a clue. The problem is that my current registration expires “Last day of March, 2014.” I never received a renewal notice, because DMV still didn’t know who had the plates. It’s been a YEAR! You don’t follow up?
No, I cannot renew it with a credit card over the phone or on line. I have to download a registration renewal and either mail it or bring it in person.
Rather than wait for the mail, I went to DMV’s mobile office the day before yesterday (they’re here once a week). I left with my renewed registration, believing it was all straightened out.
This car has to be inspected by Monday; I had an appointment for this afternoon. As I am gathering what I need, I looked closely at the new registration to learn that it, too, expires “Last day of March, 2014,” just like the one in the glove compartment.
Fortunately, I can have the car inspected using the current still-valid registration, but DAMN, DMV, where the hell are your heads?
I told this story to the guy who did my inspection. He was stopped yesterday, because DMV had recorded his green pickup truck as brown.