MA says: Fuck off!
emilytheslayer and I went to the DMV yesterday, the only day any of the DMV sites are open after 5 PM. Normally that's fine 'cause no-one in MA works for a living, right? We can all go in the middle of the day, or send our butlers.
I wanted to transfer my license and registrations to MA, but the woman behind the desk where you get the forms wouldn't let me transfer my registration. She kept telling me to have my insurance company do it. Fine. I didn't want to argue with her after the first few times she repeated herself. She was like a badly designed robot.
I filled out the form to transfer my license and then we waited. For an HOUR. And that was just to turn in the form. I had all the proper ID with me, the form was filled out properly, all should have been well.
I'd like to point out that in 1990, I got a replacement license in Boston, it took 15 minutes. I moved to PA in 1991, it took 1/2 hour to transfer everyting. I moved to OH in what, 1994? It took 1/2 hour to transfer everything. I moved to NJ in 1997 and it took 40 minutes to transfer everything. Well, that last part isn't exactly true. It took 40 minutes after I contacted the state of MA to fix something they'd recently screwed up.
In 1987 I had a problem with my license, it was cleared through the courts, fines were paid, all was well. In 1995 or 1996, MA changed their DMV computer system and accidentally reinstated the problem. I had to contact them to get that fixed before NJ would give me a license.
So since 1990, I'd gotten a replacement license, a PA license, an OH license and a NJ license AND I renewed my NJ license. I also changed addressed in NJ once. Everything should be fine for getting my license in MA, right?
Apparently, in their records, I owed an excise tax payment for Waltham from 1989. There's a problem there. I haven't lived in Waltham since 1988. Hell I voted in Amherst in 1988. Also, there's apparently an unpaid parking ticket from Northampton from 1990. Neither Waltham nor Northampton apparently know how to use the post office or how to contact the DMV to get my address. Hooray!
I called Waltham this morning and had to speak to 2 different departments and get special clearance to have the old, erroinous excise tax waived. It was around $219 by now. For a 1987 Hyundai that I haven't owned since 1992. They're mailing me a letter that says it has been cleared. At first they wanted me to somehow prove that I'd changed my registration in 1988, then apparently realized how absurd that was and since it was so old, waived it.
Once I get the parking ticket cleared, I get to go back to the DMV, on a Thursday 'cause when else can I go without taking time off work, and wait for another hour. After I've waited that hour and everything has been entered, I don't even get my license for a WEEK! They mail it to you these days. How assinine is that? Every other state they hand it to you and you leave. Since they won't deliver it if your name isn't on your mailbox, I have to put a sign on my door until it is delivered. Who the fuck gets paid to make these inane decisions?
Fortunately, I had loud Epoxies music and emilytheslayer there or I'd have really been pissed.
Next step, calling Northampton. Wish me luck.
Edit: I'm going to pay the Northampton ticket. It is only $35, so it isn't worth fighting over it. The fun part there is that if it were a new ticket I could pay it on-line. Since it is old, I have to pay cash or money order. They won't even take a check. Fun!