So, I'm very proud to say that today for our beloved Airstream we got official ownership from the state of California. WOOT!
Ours is the classic 'found in a field' story, expired registration in Maine, no title, etc. In fact the owner was a friend of a friend (my friend owned the field) and I never met him in person.
I was at the DMV for another matter last month and was fortunate to get instructions from a very nice DMV employee. They do exist.
In case you're interested, here are the steps it took:
1. Bill of Sale from Owner (emailed)
2. Hired a VIN certifier to come out and fill out the DMV VIN verification form. I could have taken trailer to DMV but right now it's all torn apart and not really in towing condition.
3. Called state of Maine and got a verification letter that the trailer was indeed last registered there in 2011 and that no title would be issued because it's too old (1972). A bill of sale was all they would need for a title transfer.
4. Filled out an official California bill of sale, transfer of title, request for title and request for personalized plate forms.
5. Spent an hour at the DMV (even with an appointment!) explaining my story in my most charming manner.
6. Forged my hubby's signature in one spot right in front of the DMV employee. The alternative was title in only my name, and I didn't think he'd take too kindly to that.
7. Walked out with full title, license plates, tags and our O SHINY custom Yosemite plate on order.
Oh, I also ordered a gallon of airplane stripper so we can start getting that clear coat off. So she got three things today