So today I tried to go to the California DMV. Sure, the CA DMV has a "make an appointment" feature on their web page. But the "make an appointment" doesn't work in San Clemente, since they are closed until March 15th. So I go to the Laguna Hills office. I arrive at 1pm
1pm - I get in the line, that stretches around the building
1:45, I get a number "B121" .. there is hope
2:45pm, I get notified that window #20 will see me
I need to register a 2011 Volvo a 2007 Mazda, and get my CA driver's license. I got to window #20, and talk to Chinese Immigrant "William". "William" summarily dismisses my application for a CA driver's license, because I do nor have not have passport or birth certificate. My VALID AZ Driver's License (good to 2031) is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. No, I need my birth certificate or passport. Ok....
He makes me pay for my $360Volvo registration, but won't give it to me because
a) it is not PRESENT to be verified (VIN # and mileage)
b) has not been CA smog tested (even though it is less than 2 years old)
C) the odometer cannot be verified
D) the "engine serial number" cannot be verified by a CA state bureaucratic
... okay, so I need to get it smog tested AND I need to have the CIN number checked. Ok. I am not a terrorist.
Then, "William" sends me out to "get my Mazda verified". I WAIT 45 minutes, outside. I pretend I am a "tomb of the unknown solider" enlisted man, and I pace, pivoting, 90 degrees, at each 8 steps, for FORTY FIVE MINUTES, waiting for SOMEONE to come out to check my VIN number, my mileage, my vehicle ID. Finally, a nice lady from the temporarily closed San Clemente DMV office comes out to methodically check my vehicle. "Are you pacing impatiently, or patently?" she asks me. I reply, WITH SILENCE. (Yes, I was VERY impatient after my THIRD Hour).
So I GOT THERE at 1. Got my number "B121" at 2pm. got called to "Window 20" at 3pm. Got rejected for my DL at 3:10, and sent out to my Mazda at 3:15, where i waited for 45 minutes, for SOMEONE to come out and verify my VIN number, mileage, and license plate. Then, at 4pm, I go BACK IN to Window #20. BUT no, "William" helped a a woman who had the appearance of a crack whore right before me to get a temporary tag and a handicap tag for her disabled boy friend who "can't walk". I approach "William" who tells me flatly "I cannot help you, I spent too much time with the last person, and my manager will write me up, please go sit down".
So I go STAND next to the seats (where there ARE NO seats) and wait impatiently. I talk to a 16 yr old and her mother who confirm that Once I take my written test, later in March, I get to wait FOR AN HOUR for the results of my written test. It has now been more than 3 hours since I got to the DMV.
"William" finally calls me back up, it is 4:25 pm, almost 3.5 hours after I arrived. He starts to process my request for registering my Mazda. After 15 minutes William charges me, takes my money, then tell sme I need to go get an emissions heck. I walk out at 4:30 with
- no new CA license
- no new CA registrations
- no new CA documents
I drove home (after spending $250 dollars at the liquor store, with no meaningful DMV documents in hand) and began drinking wine. I am on my 2nd bottle. I DESPISE CALIFORNIA's bureaucracy. it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Annoying!! Someday, I will get my Driver's license, and both vehicles registrations.... government interference and bureaucracy be damned.
Sometimes, I miss Arizona.
1 year ago