Day Tripping the Van Nuys DMV

Life’s certainties:

1. Death
2. Taxes
3. Stupidity of the DMV

My temporary registration expires after today. I thought it might be fun to wait until the last minute to get that straightened out. So a quick trip from work in Sherman Oaks on my lunch break was in order.

Upon arriving, I remembered the efficiency of the machine known formally as the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Parking spot in this section? No. How about this one? Nope. Over here? Fat chance.

Clearly, there were a lot of unhappy motorists already on the premises. I pictured obese, disgruntled employees sitting in numbered cubicles telling frantic citizens that they didn’t bring the right forms with them, or whatever. I circled the lot. Twice. Then I gave up, and went back to work.

Total time wasted = 47 minutes

The point of all this? I’m still driving around, now with expired tags. Not to mention that I still have an Indiana driver’s license, even though I’ve lived here for almost 3 years. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to go to the DMV. I do have a day job where I can’t exactly take off for 2-3 hours. And that online appointment nonsense? Sure it works, if you want to schedule one for 11:00 AM – 2 weeks from now.

I wonder how many other cars are on the road illegally. How many are not even insured. Oh, DMV. Why do you make life in L.A. so difficult? It makes us want to hurt you.

8 Replies to “Day Tripping the Van Nuys DMV”

  1. Dude, wait until they find out how long you’ve been here when you get around to registering the car. They’ll hit you with the back registration and late fees.

    And…did you know there is a wonderful way to work out in a passive/aggressive sort of way getting even with those out of state neighbors that drive you crazy? The DMV even has a rat fink page where you can turn in out-of-staters that have been here longer than 20 ways without updating everything.

    Not that I use, but a former employer had us as a matter of fact report each person with an out-of- state registration and license when they were in an accident.

  2. The key is to make an appointment. You can make an appointment online, at least you can at the Canoga Park DMV, and there’s a special line for you when you go inside.

  3. 1) Tell your boss you’ll be out half the day at the DMV. They’ll understand. This is California.
    2) Take mass transit to the DMV. I think each one I know is near a bus stop. Now I forget, is that sarcasm, irony, or deus ex machina?

  4. there’s a location in hollywood that just does driver’s license (and registration?) it’s not the one near h’wood blvd, but a smaller location south and west of that one. i renewed my license on my birthday, w/o appt. they were actually efficient, very unlike gov’t agencies! i was in and out in under 1/2 an hour!

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