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Tue Apr 21, 2020, 12:33 PM

Car registration renewal

In the past several years I would go to the County service office and pay there in person. Some years ago I even had to get new plates. And last year was horrible. The "side effects" of full employment resulted in only half the stations filled.

Anyway... a few weeks ago the Ride column in the strib reported that car owners could pay online and get a tag, or a confirmation that they could carry.

Well, I now got the notice, in the yellow envelope. So I will take my chances and mail the payment. All of $64.25..


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Reply Car registration renewal (Original post)
question everything Apr 2020 OP
TreasonousBastard Apr 2020 #1
question everything Apr 2020 #2
TreasonousBastard Apr 2020 #4
Thunderbeast Apr 2020 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2020 #5
question everything Apr 2020 #8
PoindexterOglethorpe Apr 2020 #6
abqtommy Apr 2020 #9
PoindexterOglethorpe Apr 2020 #12
abqtommy Apr 2020 #13
dflprincess Apr 2020 #18
PoindexterOglethorpe Apr 2020 #19
MrsMatt Apr 2020 #20
dflprincess Apr 2020 #7
question everything Apr 2020 #10
question everything Apr 2020 #22
Worried2020 Apr 2020 #11
dflprincess Apr 2020 #14
Worried2020 Apr 2020 #15
dflprincess Apr 2020 #16
geardaddy Apr 2020 #17
Randomthought Apr 2020 #21

Response to question everything (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 12:47 PM

1. Mailing it assumes someone will be in the office to get the mail and deposit the check...

Around here, just about every government office is closed, including the DMV, so I would pay online and get the confirmation to print out and show if needed.

FWIW, the local courthouse is closed, and I can't pay traffic fines online, so they won't get my "not inspected" fine until they open again.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 12:54 PM

2. Well, someone mailed the notice.

Unless all were prepared back in January and are automatically mailed a month early?

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Response to question everything (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 01:01 PM

4. The notice could have been mailed without anyone touching it, but...

even if someone showed up in the office to eyeball things before they went out, or stuff an envelope, that's still a lot less time than it takes to open your envelope, check that the form is filled out correctly, endorse the check, and get it to the bank.

And if the office has its own depositing equipment, someone has to be there to scan it.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 12:56 PM

3. In Oregon, police have been directed not to enforce.

Metro areas require emissions testing. DEQ sites are closed. Driver licenses require photos. DMV is also closed. The grace period is not defined, but is likely to be 30 days past the re-opening of facilities.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 01:35 PM

5. I did that. Got the tags back within two weeks.

Not that I'm driving much anyhow, or that I'd be stopped for driving with expired tags if I did.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 03:32 PM

8. Thanks. Will do that

Just checked the DVS site and it does say that one can mail it

Mail your vehicle registration by sending the bottom half of your renewal notice with your check or money order made payable to DVS Renewal to:

DVS Renewal
PO Box 64587
St. Paul, MN 55164-0587

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 01:41 PM

6. My state, New Mexico,

allows for every easy on-line registration renewal. You can even get a new plate that way if you want.

I haven't been to the DMV for registration renewal since I first registered my car here in 2008.

My license is up for renewal in August. I'm sure that if they're still not open for that then, cops won't be worried about expired licenses. Or they'll figure out a way to auto-renew, maybe send out a copy of the previous license with a new expiration date on it. Will have to wait and see.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 03:32 PM

9. I agree that some features of our New Mexico DMV work well, but when it comes to registering

a newly-purchased vehicle or getting one of the new high-security drivers licenses or ID cards it's
pure hell even if DMV staff are very supportive...

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 03:39 PM

12. I bought a new to me car

in September, 2018. No problem at all getting it registered here.

But yes, this state has been nearly impossible when it comes to getting the real ID drivers licenses.

What I'm personally incensed about is they want my SS#, even for a regular license now. My SS card states very clearly that it is not to be used for ID purposes. I'm thinking that when I go to renew my DL, I'll photocopy that, with all but the last 4 numbers blacked out, and see if they'll accept that. They will probably refuse, and I'm not entirely sure what I'll do next.

I always have a passport, so I'm happy with a non-real ID license, but giving them my SS#?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #12)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 03:54 PM

13. Yup. As the saying goes, It's Always Something!

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 22, 2020, 01:33 PM

18. They've extended the deadline for real ID to October 2021

I did get one last summer without a lot of hassle. The rules the state is following for them were set by the Feds so Minnesota can't be blamed. But it never ceases to amaze me that it's easier to get a passport than this goofy license.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #18)

Wed Apr 22, 2020, 02:01 PM

19. For me the issue is giving them my Social Security number.

I don't think you even need to give that to get a passport.

However, I got my very first one back in 1970, and have always just renewed and never had to fill out new paperwork, so maybe back then I did have to give my SS#. But somehow, I doubt that.

Heck, even the Medicare people have taken our SS# off our Medicare cards.

Again, if I only had to give it for a Real ID DL, I'd simply opt for the permission to drive version. But here in NM, they want it for either version of a DL.

My current DL is up for renewal in August. If I can renew it without submitting a SS#, I'll be very happy. Maybe by the time that one expires I'll be ready to give up driving altogether.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #19)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 08:37 AM

20. SS# required for passports

just got one for my 13 year old son last year.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 03:30 PM

7. I renewed mine on line & got them in about 10 days.

It also gave me a receipt I printed out, just in case they didn't arrive in time. (Mine are due the end of the month, I renewed on the 3rd).

Now I just need to remember to take them off the kitchen table and down to the car.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 03:34 PM

10. Thanks. Yes, this is a good idea

And, yes, same about the kitchen table..

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 28, 2020, 12:47 PM

22. Just did it online and... was charged $3.95 for this service

I just went ahead but, really, 3.95 for the amount of $64.25 - 6%

Will reconsider next month for the second, newer car..

I used my debit card. Wonder whether i should have just provided the checking account number. They already knew which bank I am using - from income tax, I assume.

Sigh..

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 03:35 PM

11. Ontario made is easy for us


Ontario extends driver's licence, OHIP card renewals
Antonella Artuso
More from Antonella Artuso
Published:
March 19, 2020

https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/ontario-extends-drivers-licence-ohip-card-renewals


Ontarians have won a reprieve on renewing their driverís licences, health cards and licence plate stickers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension means people whose government cards expire now or in the near future wonít have to renew them until an unspecified date approved by the chief medical officer of health.

/snip/

Extensions are being granted for Ontario driverís licences, driving instructor licences, Ontario Photo Card, Enhanced Driverís Licence, and also the requirement to register a vehicle or address change.

/snip/

( - - - another bonus was in that article - - - )

Evictions in Ontario are also on hold during the coronavirus crisis.

ďWe donít want you to worry about your job,Ē Ford said. ďWe also donít want you to worry about how youíre going to make rent this month. Thatís why Iíve directed that all eviction orders be suspended until further notice.Ē

/snip/
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Response to Worried2020 (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 08:35 PM

14. Minnesota did give an extension on driver's licenses & state ID cards

but not on our tabs.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 09:59 PM

15. I wonder if anyone notices . . .



that some of the States close to our border share our values?

Too bad it's so frikken cold up here . . . . .



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Response to Worried2020 (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 21, 2020, 10:55 PM

16. You get to northern Minnesota and it's about the same (certainly the same as Thunder Bay)

Down in the metro (Minneapolis/St. Paul) it's not quite as bad.

If Canada wants to annex us, I think many of us would be ok with it. We'd get healthcare!

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Wed Apr 22, 2020, 11:34 AM

17. I've done it online two years in a row

And it's been easy and efficient.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 01:00 AM

21. did mine online

got them promptly. No worries.

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