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Scott County Bureau of Motor Vehicles Complaint - Rip-off Registration

Review by angry1 on 2008-01-25
SCOTTSBURG, INDIANA -- I am a law-abiding citizen of the state of Indiana and Scott County and have been for over 30 years. This past September when I went into the BMV to renew my registration, I was unknowingly given the wrong registration. The registration was on an old vehicle I had owned 4 or 5 years ago. This was not brought to my attention until a week ago (January) when I noticed that the old car was listed on my registration. I was horrified to realize that I had been driving with fictitious plates for the last 5 months! I thought surely this won't be a big deal for the BMV. I'll go and they can fix it. I was told that it was my fault they made the mistake because I had signed the registration. Honestly, who looks at those things when you only have one car?

They made me pay for the plate AGAIN. So I'm out 50 bucks. To add insult to injury, the manager treated me like I was some sort of criminal because I questioned why I had to pay for the plates again. When I went to slide my debit card to grudgingly pay, she looked at me and asked the cashier loudly and nastily if she had checked to make sure the card was mine. How rude!

I am very unimpressed with the manager and with the system itself when you have to pay for THEIR mistake!
Comments:13 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-01-25
Posted by GothicSmurf on 2008-01-25:
It is your responsibility to check those things. How are they to know which car you have with out you telling them first?
Posted by msnanny on 2008-01-25:
The DMV in our county sucks too. Bad attitudes must be a requirement for those jobs :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-25:
I don't know why they didn't just transfer the plates, like they do when you buy a new car. Normally, that transaction is a low fee.

A few years ago, I received a license renewal form for my van - it showed a cost of $2500!! Apparently, they had my van listed as another type of vehicle. I had to get a lot of documentation to prove that my van was a van. I thought that was kinda humorous, that you have to get all this legal documentation to prove what you can just look out a window and see.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-01-25:
LOL cherp they did that to me once. They somehow managed to get my car registered as a boat. I mean really you can get mad, but seriously all I did was laugh. The wouldn't register my "boat" for me because I didn't have a valid boater's license to drive my 2000 Chevy Cavalier. I actually told the woman at the DMV to look out the window and see for herself if that 2000 Cavalier was actually a boat. She didn't know what to say.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-01-25:
You are dealing with a government employee who has a job for life and really doesn't care.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-25:
Princi! How lucky for you! You got that chitty-chitty-bang-bang option of a car that drives on land & water! I think you should have a boater's license for that.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-01-25:
LOL! I should go take my "boatalier" (as hubby calls it now) to the lake tomorrow. Heck if it goes as planned I can get the new car I've been wanting. :) Anyone up for some sailing?
Posted by GothicSmurf on 2008-01-25:
Me Me! I'll bring the fishing poles!
Posted by Principissa on 2008-01-25:
YAY!! I don't have a sun roof, but I'm sure we can just hang out the back windows or sit on the trunk. It'll be like ice fishing, only we'll have the luxury of a heated interior.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2008-01-25:
"Honestly, who looks at those things when you only have one car?"

I do, I read everything before I sign it. It is your responsibility to know what you are signing. You could have been signing your soul away for all you know.

Anyhoo, the DMV sucks around here also. When I first moved here, after getting out of the Army, they hit me and my husband up for almost $750.00 for registration, since we bought the van while in the Army, and didn't pay any taxes on it at the time. If I would have stayed in the military there was nothing that they could have done, but once out and in the civilian world they dug deep.
Posted by Starlord on 2008-01-25:
In Arizona, you register your car with the Dpet of Motor Vehicles, and you register your boat with Game and Fish. Arizona finally adopted the Indiana system for plates. It used to be if you sold a car, the plates went with it. We had a lot of trouble with people buying cars, not transferring the paperwork or registration, wrecking the car and walking away, leaving us with only the previous owner to go back on. Now, when you sell a car, you pull the plate off and keep it. they have 10 days to get a new registration and have to show proof of insurance to get a plate.
Posted by Starlord on 2008-01-25:
In Arizona, you register your car with the Dpet of Motor Vehicles, and you register your boat with Game and Fish. Arizona finally adopted the Indiana system for plates. It used to be if you sold a car, the plates went with it. We had a lot of trouble with people buying cars, not transferring the paperwork or registration, wrecking the car and walking away, leaving us with only the previous owner to go back on. Now, when you sell a car, you pull the plate off and keep it. they have 10 days to get a new registration and have to show proof of insurance to get a plate. BTW, Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles (part of ADOT) is just as bad as you describe your BMV.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-25:
I wonder what you do if you live in AZ.

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