So I'm in the process of trying to transfer the title on my 76 AS and I've hit a snag.
My AS was purchased from out of state (Alaska via Ohio) which in Indiana means I have to get a VIN verification form filled out by either a LEO or someone at the BMV office. Yesterday I had a county officer come out and fill out the form, and here is the issue. The first letter of my actual VIN is "I", but on the Alaskan title there is a 1.
I knew this wasn't going to be good.
So I went to the BMV office to see what would happen. They immediately looked at the title and VIN verification form and said they couldn't process the title if it didn't match. After a phone call to the head office they tell me I need to call the Alaskan BMV and get them to send me a letter stating that the 1 should be an I, and all will be right with the world.
After 2 hours of being on hold, or passed around, with the Alaskan BMV, I finally get someone who looks up the VIN and the Ohio title it was transferred from, and they tell me that the VIN from Ohio also had a 1 on it, and that was Ohio's problem, so I needed to call them.
Today I call the Ohio BMV. The nice lady looked up the title, and tells me that they only have records retention for 12 years, and that going back to 2006 (the last transfer they have on record) the first digit of the VIN is a 1.
Soooooo now I'm waiting to call Alaska back and ask what I should do next. I also called the Indiana BMV and they said if Alaska won't do anything then I will likely have to get a court order to assign me ownership and get me an Indiana title. She also mentioned that they are no longer allowed to use "I"s, only "1"s because of this exact issue. Nice!
SO my main questions to you guys are have you ever seen this before? I'm guessing I can't be the first. and next is there any issue with the first digit being a 1 when it should be an I?? would that effect future value or sale?