From: Steve Sobol on 7 May 2010 21:38
In article <Xns9D71B72FE815Ajyaniklocalnetcom(a)220.127.116.11>,
> here in the Orlando,FL. area,I've gone to the local DMV licence branch
> gotten -free- plates when my current plate was smashed up in an
> accident[unreadable]. they have a stack of plates,and print up a nice
> yellow sticker for them while you wait.the sticker has the expiration date
> and in small print,the plate number. It doesn't take very long at all.
That's how it was in Ohio. (You had to pay for the replacement plates,
but if they weren't special plates you could pick up a set locally.)
The Cali DMV is in the dark ages compared to the Ohio Bureau of Motor
Vehicles. IMHO of course.
Steve Sobol, Victorville, California, USA
From: Steve Sobol on 8 May 2010 15:36
In article <hs3bvs35dt(a)news2.newsguy.com>, njnagel(a)roosters.net says...
> Things must have changed in the last 10 years or so. I was
> remembering some truly epic Cleveland-area BMV visits. I probably only
> visited there a couple times; when I moved there, when I bought my BMW,
> and when some knucklehead stole the sticker off my license plate and I
> had to get a replacement, and every time was a huge hassle save for the
Which specific office(s)?
Privatization happened a long time ago. The way I found out: I was a
cashier at the BP station at US 322 and Ohio 91 in Mayfield Heights.
Someone came in with a BP fleet card, and the name was "Mayfield License
This seemed kind of weird, since the BMV is a state agancy and the state
had their own credit card that they used to pay for their gas.
I mentioned this to the lady buying the gas, and she explained that she
worked for a private company that actually operated the Mayfield license
bureau for the state.
This was back in the early 90's. I haven't worked at a gas station since
Some of the offices *are* slow. Mayfield was typically one of them, but
there were a lot of customers there because Mayfield handles more than
just licenses and plates. Specifically, they do driver testing there.
(That's where I took the test for my license.)
South Euclid, like most of the smaller offices, doesn't do testing. They
were always quite fast when I went there.
Mentor is another license bureau that always got me in and out quickly.
In fact, I dropped off my wife there to get her license renewed while I
ran some errands, and she called me 10 minutes later to say that she was
Around here, Victorville is extremely slow, and Barstow used to be good,
but they've gotten slow too. I like the DMV office on Archibald Avenue
in Rancho Cucamonga. They used to be very efficient, but I haven't been
there since the state furloughs went through).
Steve Sobol, Victorville, California, USA
From: The Real Bev on 8 May 2010 15:46
Steve Sobol wrote:
> Around here, Victorville is extremely slow, and Barstow used to be good,
> but they've gotten slow too. I like the DMV office on Archibald Avenue
> in Rancho Cucamonga. They used to be very efficient, but I haven't been
> there since the state furloughs went through).
Long ago, as we were coming out of the mountains with our trailer+3 dirtbikes,
some cops (can't remember if they were CHP or locals) stopped us. Took maybe
15 minutes looking for a violation, but all they could find was that the 'May'
sticker on our license plate (possibly 15 years old) was illegible (it wasn't)
and we had to get a new one. Bastards. Anyway, the Fresno office was
absolutely empty and we got our new sticker in about 5 minutes. The nice DMV
lady thought the cops were bastards too.
Best idea they ever had was setting appointments. Worst idea they had was just
making the 'appointment' people wait in a shorter line.
Warning: Objects in mirror appear smarter than they are.
From: Nate Nagel on 8 May 2010 16:18
On 05/08/2010 03:36 PM, Steve Sobol wrote:
> In article<hs3bvs35dt(a)news2.newsguy.com>, njnagel(a)roosters.net says...
>> Things must have changed in the last 10 years or so. I was
>> remembering some truly epic Cleveland-area BMV visits. I probably only
>> visited there a couple times; when I moved there, when I bought my BMW,
>> and when some knucklehead stole the sticker off my license plate and I
>> had to get a replacement, and every time was a huge hassle save for the
> Which specific office(s)?
No static from the nice ladies behind the counter, just epic waits.
When I first moved there, I went to whatever one was closest to my
girlfriend's mom's house. I think it took three hours just to get to
Compare and contrast with Virginia, where I bought a car on a Saturday
and was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was the DMV open, but
was open late, the DMV thing in the mall (how convenient!) actually did
new registrations, and in fact it took longer for my girlfriend to buy a
pair of shoes than it did for me to get my "new" car properly registered
and plated. (that was also quite a few years ago as well, but when I
moved back, it wasn't much worse, even though I went to one of the "big"
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