Originally Posted by lbperry
And in AL the state Revenue Dept is responsible for the VIN and title and everything at the state level but the county license commissioners are elected officials and they (and their clerks particularly, who have been there for decades) are VERY independent and going to do it their way come hell or high water.
No joke. It even varies 5 feet away at the next teller.
I went into the DMV Nov'10 and said I had a kit car I would like to register. The woman said that I would have to call Birmingham to get a VIN. After a few seconds I asked if she had the number and she gave it to me and I left. After calling the number there was no mention of getting VINs. Worthless. She should have at least given me the MVT 26-3 form.
About a month ago a friend tells me he went to the DMV and got his car registered without a VIN application. Finally I tried the DMV again and it went kindof like this.
Me: Hi, I have a vehicle I would like to register. .... All I have is a Certificate of Origin from the manufacturer and an invoice.
Her: Ok, do you have a *mumble mumble* inspection *mumble*? (I could only assume she was asking about some paperwork stating the car was inspected and checked out).
Her: Is the car here?
Me: No (this is going horribly already)
Her: Hmmm, 1933 Replica. You may not need a title (You dont need a title on cars built before 1974). Lets pretend you dont.
*typety typety typety*
Her: So did this come assembled or in pieces?
Me: In pieces.
Her: And you've been assembling it this whole time (since date of purchase)?
Me: Yes. (Nooo, here comes the MVT forms!!!!)
*typety typety typety*
Her: Are you going to drive this on the road?
Me: Some, but not as a daily driver.
Her: I dont know if we can issue vintage plates for a replica.
Me: No no, I dont want a plate with restrictions on it.
Her: So you just want the regular one?
*I pay for registration since the day the order was placed and don't argue about it not having been on the road because I see the registration papers and plate right in front of me.
Her: Here you go.
Me: Thank you. *smile*
She used the F5R serial number for the VIN and 1933 for the year. I'm happy. The whole time, the woman I saw in November was sitting 5 feet away.