CHP office ran pretty smoothly -- got the paperwork filled out in 30 minutes.
Went to the CHP in my little toyota with inspection paperwork in hand. Lady said "Where's the vehicle? You need to bring it in so we can do our inspection." I mentally remained very calm and started to jump up and down and turn red. Her boss said that ok, the CHP inspection on top of the 2 prior DMV inspections last week would suffice.
She asked me for the smog certificate. I said it was done last week and sent electronically. She said it wasn't received. I said they scanned in the bar code on the paperwork and could she just look a little more. She said I needed to bring in the paperwork. I refrained from jumping the counter and removing all computers from the office, since the DMV was apparently were going back to an all-paper system. She then looked a little more and found the electronic certificate, handed me plates, stickers, and a smile.
I appreciate all the comments, but would like to point out that to me, the DMV is more like our current medical insurance billing system, except that at the DMV you never ever get to see a doc. Hopefully healthcare mandates will make the healthcare system cheaper and at least as good for people currently insured. Rates are going up, I realize, but they weren't exactly going down in recent years...