<VV> True DMV stories
vairtec at comcast.net
Thu Jun 12 10:45:06 EDT 2014
These stories, in my opinion, underscore poor training and laziness on
the part of the DMV clerks. I am confident that these states, just like
NJ, have provisions in their motor vehicle codes that permit the
executors of estate to sign over vehicle titles and bills of sale. But
the clerks either don't know (poor training) or can't be bothered
Maybe they think that they are helping the applicant by suggesting that
they "go outside" and have the dead person sign, but all they're doing
is undermining the integrity of the system.
In fairness to the NJ DMV, it is in recent years VASTLY improved over
what it was 20-30-40 years ago. It's still no day at the beach, but it
is no longer a stress-inducing agony. Most times nowadays I can walk
in, complete my business, and walk out, having experienced no knee-jerk
opposition to the transaction I have come to process.
One of my earliest negative experiences at the NJ DMV was so long ago
that I was driving a Corvair that was simply an ordinary everyday car at
the time. I arrived at the DMV ofice to renew my registration, but
found the manager at the door barring entry to anyone whose transaction
might take, in his opinion, more time than the time remaining 'til
closing. He was an arrogant SOB, and so thoroughly ticked me off that
I simply never renewed that registration, and had I ever gotten pulled
over I was fully prepared to go to court and tell the judge that was I
denied entry during business hours.
For years it seemed that the procedure at the NJ DMV was to find the
flaw in your paperwork as quickly as possible so as to get you out of
the door without what you wanted. Getting wise to this, one day I went
to the DMV with every i dotted and t crossed, every aspect of my
paperwork ready to go -- including a not-often-needed notarized
document. But I only handed the clerk the typical documents. "You need
X," she said, citing an additional form. I reached into my folder and
handed it to her. "You need Y," she said, citing yet another form. I
handed it to her. "You don't have Z," she said, citing the notarized
form she was SURE I did not possess. I handed it to her. Annoyed, she
HAD to process my transaction instead of sending me away.
But these days the NJ DMV is, while not quite a pleasure, not bad. In
fact, a few years ago the State DMV Director -- the head honcho himself
-- came to an NJACE meeting and listened to our stories, complaints and
compliments. Not long beforehand such a visit would have been unthinkable.
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