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Old 01-25-2014, 03:56 PM   #11
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States are so very different! Last week I took the paperwork I received from Tammy to the Klamath Falls, Oregon DMV office. Within 10 minutes I walked out the door with the new plate and 2-year tags in hand. Now have to wait to March to get up to Chilliwack to get the trailer!
Even different clerks at the DMVs in the same office have different ideas on what can be done. At my first attempt at registering my factory pick up I was told to mail a copy of the border crossing paperwork to the Oswego DMV along with a copy of the bill of sale, they would mail back to me a bill for the sales tax & registration (NY uses trailer weight for determining registration cost), then I would mail them a check & when they got it they would mail me the plate. I explained that that would take quite a bit of time sitting at the border & she shrugged.

I had Tammy send me a copy of the entry paperwork (unsigned by the border crossing people) and took it to a different clerk at the same office. Played dumb, handed her the paperwork and waited. They spent quite a bit of time in the back office, but it was because they were not sure how to convert the trailer weight from kg to lbs. Once they did, they handed me the plate & I drove to Chilliwack to pick up the trailer. Took 111 days to drive home, so it was good that I had a plate!

On this trip I left Oswego on October 10th, wanted to renew the trailer registration (in NY it goes by calendar year) called the office and was told I couldn't renew it until December 1st. Again, I played dumb, took my old registration to the window on October 8th and they did the paperwork & handed me my new registration & plate sticker.

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Old 01-25-2014, 05:25 PM   #12
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So the moral of the story, "when dealing with DMV, play dumb!"

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Old 01-25-2014, 08:23 PM   #13
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"Play dumb." Absolutely right. When dealing with the bureausticas, would be wise buttoning down any temptation to suggest the clerk go back to DMV school.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:15 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by jamman View Post
Dennis brings it over with a BC plate on it - which he removes.
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Most manufacturers will have "dealer" type tags. Possibly that is what they use up north?
I think that's likely. Dealer plates - which a vehicle dealer is allowed to use for any of their vehicles for sale to move them or for test drives - are normal in the provinces I've been in. It seems reasonable to assume that's what Escape is using to deliver their trailers.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:55 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by MyronL View Post
"Play dumb." Absolutely right. When dealing with the bureausticas, would be wise buttoning down any temptation to suggest the clerk go back to DMV school.
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So the moral of the story, "when dealing with DMV, play dumb!"
I call this the "Sargent Schultz" (Hogan's Hero's) approach to the government. "I know nothing……"

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