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Old 01-12-2021, 11:43 PM
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Well I started the process of registering my car with California DMV. After visiting the registration forum here I gathered all my paperwork and receipts, made copies of everything, added 214 construction photos, organized it all in a binder and mentally prepared myself for the quest. First thing Monday morning (Jan 4th) I drove down to DMV with the car and got my place in line. They donít take appointments anymore so I was roughly #85 or so in line. After a 2 hour wait I was finally inside and at a counter.

Told the guy why I was there and I immediately got a blank stare. He gathered all my papers and walked over to the manager, repeatedly pointing in my direction. At this point my headache began. He returned, smiled and said this was the first time he had done one of these type of registrations......as it was only his 3rd week working at DMV ! My head began to throb. I smiled and said that I researched the process, and I would need a CHP vin assignment, a sequence number from Sacramento, a brake/headlight inspection and a SB100 smog certificate from a referee.......I ended with a smile. He nodded his head and oh ok thanks. He then got up again, went to his manager and began another conversation. She nodded, said something and he returned. At this point he told me that the ONLY person that has done one of these type of registrations was the manager......and that was 14 years ago. I looked blankly at the clerk and said ďplease tell me you have a manual on how to do itĒ. He said he had the manual up on his computer and was following it thru each step.

After about 20 minutes of standing (I was briefly entertained by an older gentleman calling his clerk ďa f-ing moronĒ because she wouldnít accept his incomplete paperwork. He was escorted out by the not so understanding CHP officer), my clerk grabbed a clip board and asked if I drove the car to DMV. I said yes, and he said that was great and to pull it into the VIN inspection stall. He looked under the hood and verified the manufacturer plates on the frame and firewall had the same 9 digit serial number that was stamped on the right front frame horn. He said everything look good and we went back inside.

15 minutes later he said that I would need to get brake/headlight and smog inspection and return to get my tags issued. I asked about CHP inspection and he said that he had verified the serial number and that was the new vin, per the DMV procedure manual. I was hesitant but he cleared everything with his manager before sending me on my way.

Oh, yea.....the fees. Well....California charges a ďuse taxĒ based on the value of your car. This is their version of sales tax. I expected a big number and had already used their website to calculate it. What I didnít count on was the $900 plus in late fees that they added. Hold onto your ass on this one.

1. Car was purchased in Nov 2019. Late fee because I didnít pay the sales tax at the time.
2. I took possession of the kit in Feb 2020. Late fee on the late fee because I still didnít pay the sales tax from the original purchase.
3. Car was completed and first test drive Dec 2020. By my own admission on the paperwork, I drove an unregistered vehicle on a public roadway......penalty fee !
4. Drove car to DMV per their instructions on the website to begin registration process Jan 2021. Guess what.....unregistered vehicle driven on roadway......penalty fee !

Keeping my cool, I smiled, paid the fees because arguing would have been pointless, and went home.

Now once home, I immediately made the brake/headlight inspection for Jan 18. I called the smog referee station to schedule that appointment. Got one for Jan 27. Happy days ? Not so fast.......smog ref asked for my sequence #, it should be right at the top of the paperwork......nope, no number. No number...no appointment ! The lady was polite enough that she let me keep my appointment date, as long as I called back 24 hours prior to it with the sequence number.

Raced back to DMV, walked past the long line and fortunately ran into the guy who did my paperwork walking out on a break. I explained everything to him, and took my paperwork inside to consult with the manager.

Longer story a tad shorter........manager called Sacramento.....and as of Jan 1, 2021....the procedure to register a kit car had changed. Sacramento hadnít updated their online manual yet.........

The manager redid all my paperwork, adding a CHP inspection (now mandatory regardless if a DMV employee verified a vin). She said that once I had that inspection, then DMV would issue the sequence number. She was very apologetic. I told her I understood and apologized for causing the issues (this tactic played into my favor). She thanked me for understanding and said that once I got all the certificates, come back to DMV, ask for her and she would personally finish the process and get me my plates.

Thatís where it rests for now and I will update thru each step.

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Isn't this already here?
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You’re right, this has been covered ALOT here.....BUT California is the land of fruits, nuts and silly restrictions. Each month or year something changes.

According to the CHP officer who did my VIN assignment, as of Jan 1,2021 ALL kit cars requesting the SPCNS label have to go through CHP inspection, no exceptions. Before this, if you used donor parts or you brought a car in from out of state, the DMV clerk could do the VIN verification and paperwork. But some DMV employees were cheating the system and were registering SPCNS cars illegally for profit. They got caught....and the cars they did might have to go back thru inspection.

Just passing on the new info for those getting ready to start the registration process.

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Old 01-13-2021, 10:33 AM
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Just wait as soon as the new boss comes in you get to go though it again! If you do not go postal before you are done it will be a miracle.
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Fyi 3 times to chp 4 times to dmv 1 year 3 months good luck!
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Youíre right, this has been covered ALOT here.....BUT California is the land of fruits, nuts and silly restrictions. Each month or year something changes.

According to the CHP officer who did my VIN assignment, as of Jan 1,2021 ALL kit cars requesting the SPCNS label have to go through CHP inspection, no exceptions. Before this, if you used donor parts or you brought a car in from out of state, the DMV clerk could do the VIN verification and paperwork. But some DMV employees were cheating the system and were registering SPCNS cars illegally for profit. They got caught....and the cars they did might have to go back thru inspection.

Just passing on the new info for those getting ready to start the registration process.

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Quite a story. Wait till you return and see all new faces!!! Good luck.
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I did post on two different forums. I didn’t know if there were others like me out there that go to specific forums looking for info. The first post was a continuation of my build, the most recent was specific to the registration. I go to headlight/brake cert on Monday the 18th and BAR referee on the 27th. Using every bit info, hints, tips and advice gleaned from all previous posts, I am hoping to be lucky enough to get my car registered by Feb 1.

I thank all of you for the advice and guidance.

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Meanwhile in Florida, I breezed in and out of the DMV with my new title and registration in a little over 1 hour.
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