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Old 07-26-2003, 07:40 PM   #1
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Red tape bites !

Bought my AS in PA,went to notary to have it signed off legal like., Ok now I go to Michigan Secretaray of State to get Mich title and they tell me I have to go get it weighed. I tell them the weight is on the pc and offer them the website.
The dang thing was legally titled in PA but now I gotta buy a temp plate to go get it weighed in Michigan?? What's wrong with this picture?
Sorry, guess I just needed to vent.


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Old 07-26-2003, 07:51 PM   #2
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What a bunch of baloney!

Stuff like that is why people (and businesses) end up leaving those overly bureaucratic states!! Come to Texas my friend where life is relatively hassle-free! Most DMV transactions can be done by private outfits who do it all for a small fee. You don't even need a notary on most things. No underpaid and understaffed government employees with an attitude.


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Old 07-26-2003, 08:02 PM   #3
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Chas. I paid my $5 notary PA fee. I hauled the littlte sucker home totally legal. Now I gotta pay another state to say ok it's legal here too? I am tempted just to sell it. I thought these were the UNITED states.

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Old 07-26-2003, 08:03 PM   #4
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Ohio is just as bad. Years ago I was suppose to take my boat off of the trailer so I could have the trailer weighed. Fortunately I found a boat dealer who just grinned and signed off on the weight for me.
I assume Michigan wants you have to have a weight slip so they can tax you appropriately.
Tennessee doesn't do that sort of thing either.
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Old 07-26-2003, 08:17 PM   #5
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Yeah, I did time in Ohio too, graduated in Akron. I have no prob with paying the sales tax, the whole thing but why I gotta pay a weighstation to weigh my 32 year old trailer I know where the weight chart is and I suspect you all do to. Who paid for those government computers?
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Old 07-26-2003, 10:24 PM   #6
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Hey Rog,

You're a ZIP?!? I thought of an easier way for weighing, go to the local grain mill. If they charge you much more than 10 bucks, then things really have changed and makes me glad I did move "WAY" south!

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Old 07-27-2003, 05:51 AM   #7
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I do not understand why you need a weight for an RV. Ohio does not require RV's to be weighed.

I find Ohio's BMV to be hassle free for the most part. We are lucky, maybe, because one of our neighbors works in the local office.
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Old 07-27-2003, 06:44 AM   #8
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Michigans trailer license is based on trailer weight. Rog0525, the law will change for trailer license, I belive on September 1st, and has new fee schedule and plate is one time fee. My trailer which is in 5000 to 9000 lb.(?) class goes from $59 a year to one time fee of $200. No more annual renewal after this year. I don't know if you will still be able to transfer a trailer plate or will be required to buy a new plate each time you change trailers.

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Old 07-27-2003, 06:53 AM   #9
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I don't understand how...

every DMV/DOT office in the country manages to have the same stern-faced, unforgiving, humorless folks at their counters! Do you think they all attend the same training somewhere?

Not to offend anyone here who is employed in that capacity... their job is tough, and folks like me don't make it easier... I know some of the folks in our Treasurer's office (where those records are handled in Iowa) and they get some of the nastiest folks at their counters too...

Sometimes the registration laws are pretty draconian particularly from state to state, but their is a book that tells them what was required by the state where the vehicle originated. They're "supposed" to honor what the originating state requires when registering an out-of-state vehicle in your state.

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Old 07-27-2003, 08:22 AM   #10
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Just a thought, there are several truck stops that have scales, maybe that could be less expensive if they would honor that?
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:48 AM   #11
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I just purchased a trailer from Arizona and registered it in Texas. I had to get the trailer weighed before I could get it registered. I just drove to the truck stop on I-35, about two miles from my house. Took a total of 15 minutes. They accepted the weight ticket from the truck stop. In Texas, if the trailer is over 4500 lbs., you have to get the trailer insepected. My 69 Overlander came in at 4490 lbs. Lucky me (I made sure holding tanks were all empty).


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