I'm literally sitting here in a state of shock not quite sure WTF just happened to me.
I recently relocated permanently to CA, and being the good law abiding citizen I am, I wanted to comply with their DMV laws which are that you need to switch your driver's license to a CA one within 10 days and register your car within 20. I could have kept everything in FL but decided to do the right thing. So, I made an appointment with the DMV for this morning.
I had all my paperwork ready and get up to the window and the girl tells me that I need about fifty more forms than what the website told me I needed.
Mind you, this is the state in which an illegal immigrant with no documents can get a driver's license, but where me, a law abiding citizen, has to bring in a million different types of proof of ID. Who the fuck has their birth certificate anymore? Fortunately I had a passport but my FL license wasn't enough, and in order to establish proof of residency, my cell phone bill wasn't enough either.
Anyway, we move on to my car registration. Their website says that if the car is less than a couple of years old, you don't need a smog check. Mine is literally two fucking months old. Lady says she doesn't give a shit, I need a smog check. I also need to provide them with the name and physical address of the finance company. I also need to provide the exact price I paid for the car and how much sales tax I paid. FML, I don't have any of that shit on me and it didn't say I needed it anywhere on their website. Oh, and I also have to get a VIN verification which required me to go wait in another line for half an hour and have some doofus there just write my vin down and make sure it matched the vin on the door.
But since I didn't have the smog check done or the bullshit I needed for my driver's license, or any of the other info they wanted, I had to leave, go pay $60 for the fucking smog check on a two month old car, then go home, dig through all my moving boxes, and scrounge up something else with my CA address on it to prove I'm me and then find all my paperwork from when I bought the car. I should have just told them I'm an illegal with no documents. They would have given me the red carpet treatment.
Three hours later I have the new set of documents and info they wanted so back I went. Fortunately they got me in quickly because I had already been there with an appointment in the morning. I should have known...they were just lubing my asshole up for what was to come next.
Much to my surprise, I had to take the written test for the driver's license. I also had to take the motorcycle test because I have a motorcycle license from FL and want to keep that. I passed the tests so no big deal, but still a minor pain in the ass.
Now here comes the rape.....
When we get to the car registration, the girl puts on a big smile and says "Your driver's license will be $33 and your car registration will be $2,000." I was literally speechless. Two fucking thousand dollars to register my car?? Yep. Apparently if you bring a car into Cali that's less than a year old, they charge you sales tax all over again even though I just fucking paid it in FL!!!!! So, because I was honest and tried to do the right thing, I get ass raped by California. Unbelievable that they charged me tax on something I bought in another fucking state and already paid the tax on. Talk about double taxation!!!!
Welcome to California, now bend over! Fuckin hell.
I should have done what everyone else does and just kept my shit registered in FL.
So this was how the great state of California welcomed me. It's mindboggling how a state with these types of taxes and business practices is always fucking broke. Most mismanaged state in the country, imo.
And thus ends my rant for the day. Now I'm going to go take a xanax, chase it down with some scotch, and to spray preparation H all over my asshole.