It's a bit far for you but we had great luck at the DMV in Hollister. We didn't have an appointment so we had to wait about 15 minutes (at most) and then the agent walked outside and across the street to where we were parked to inspect the trailer. He looked it over, checked the tags, asked a few questions about the logistics of ordering one, signed our papers and off we went. But, you're absolutely right ... it just depends on who you get and their mood at the time of your interaction.
We wish you luck in, what we know will be, your final visit to the DMV.
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
- Cesare Pavese