I tried to renew my vehicle registration this evening but failed.

@TheHorse (129215)
Walnut Creek, California
May 3, 2021 10:59pm CST
I have a 2008 Nissan Xterra that broke down near my family cabin in Montana this past Summer. I had the SUV fixed and bought a Chevy Silverado pick-up to use for this year in California. This evening, I tried to use the phone to renew the registration on my Nissan Xterra. I was not successful. I had all the information they needed available and in front of me. This included my renewal number, my license plate number, my check routing number, and my checking account number. But the system kept failing and throwing me back to five minutes prevous in the "conversation." At no time did I speak to a real human being. After about half-an-hour, I gave up. I will try again in a day or two. I need to sleep before work tomorrow. In they had actual humans working there, wouldn't that increase the number of jobs in California and reduce catastrophic failure of the system? If my heart attacks me after this incident, then Kaiser will have to spend more money repairing my heart than they would have had the system worked. Everything is connected. The failed attempt to "cut costs" at DMV leads to increased unemployment, increased stress among drivers, increased medical fees, and so on. What is a person to do? Have you had incidents like this?
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@JudyEv (246196)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 May
We continually have this trouble with our service provider for starters. It's so annoying. I don't understand why they don't just employ more people. It's so frustrating.
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@DaddyEvil (39065)
• United States
4 May
Uhm... because they don't mind if you get frustrated? Because the government is a soulless entity that doesn't have to answer to their constituents? Because it's fun to watch people rant and rave about the poor service they get? So many answers to this it boggles the mind. (Yes, I stopped writing explanations because my fingers are tired. )
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@JudyEv (246196)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 May
@DaddyEvil Fair enough. I'm sure you're right. lol
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@DaddyEvil (39065)
• United States
4 May
@JudyEv As long as my answer makes you smile, then I'm happy with it. I was worried a tiny bit.
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@LadyDuck (336826)
• Switzerland
4 May
We have to go personally to renew the vehicle registration because they inspect the vehicle first to see if they can renew or if your vehicle is rejected.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 May
That is interesting. How long does it take?
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@LadyDuck (336826)
• Switzerland
4 May
@TheHorse Usually about 1 hours, they fix an appointment, you must bring your car there CLEAN with all the pertinent documents. They check everything, if something is wrong they tell you what you need to do in order to have the registration renewed. We never failed to pass.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 May
@LadyDuck That's not too bad. I drove to Montana rather than wait in line day after day to get my new truck registered here. How many souls live in Switzerland?
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@DocAndersen (39259)
• United States
4 May
The reality of the DMV or BMV depending on your state, is they don't care!
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 May
BMV? Which States begin with B?
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@DocAndersen (39259)
• United States
5 May
@TheHorse bureau vs department - Virginia is a DMV, Maryland is a BMV!
@BarBaraPrz (30920)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 May
Don't you just love modern technology? Makes life soooo much easier, not.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 May
I suppose it makes like easier for government entities, big corporations, and their CEOS, who make zillions.
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@wolfgirl569 (40016)
• Marion, Ohio
4 May
Because it saves money That is their excuse.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 May
Yep. I'm sure it does. And leads to greater profits.
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@HazySue (37607)
• Inverness, Florida
4 May
Sometimes technology is a pain. Actually I think they don't really care if you are frustrated.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 May
They do not care. It akes me sad and confused when medical providers do not care. As a psychologist, I know that they could save money if they cared.
@LindaOHio (64085)
• United States
4 May
Sometimes I go around and around in an automated phone system for several minutes at a time and can't get a hold of a real person. So frustrating.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 May
I have spent many hours in that vacuum.
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@ZedSmart (17842)
• Philippines
4 May
The first two months the pandemic is really hard for me to access the social security online. Hotlines did not respond and everything would just go futile if you use the numbers and even their emailing system, you can't expect to have a reply in a week and it even took a month before they can answer you.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 May
Yep, I experienced the same thing with several services, including Unemployment.
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@DaddyEvil (39065)
• United States
4 May
Uhm... most people would go online and register. The DMV will mail the new stickers to you... It's easier to deal with things online than it is by trying to talk to a computer.
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@TheHorse (129215)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 May
I may just send them a bloody check. Literally.
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@DaddyEvil (39065)
• United States
4 May
@TheHorse Uhm... if they think it's blood, they can have you arrested for trying to infect them with a blood borne pathogen... I'd rather you not do that. Please.
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@xander6464 (20747)
• Wapello, Iowa
5 May
@TheHorse If you get arrested as @DaddyEvil fears you might, all you have to do is say, "Look, pig, I know my rights! You have to charge with something or let me go!" and they'll let you go. I saw it in a movie once and it works every time.
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@xander6464 (20747)
• Wapello, Iowa
5 May
In Iowa, it's a lot more complicated. We have to find the Governor. He's almost always at Wally's Filling Station playing checkers but sometimes you have to go down the street to Professor Harold Hill's Pool Hall, where he'll be playing pool. You give him your registration and he crosses out the old expiration date with a pencil (You have to remember to bring a pencil because he usually doesn't have one) and writes in the new one. He's supposed to charge you $5 but he usually forgets. Unless he's losing at checkers or pool and then he usually asks for 2 or 3 dollars to hold him over until next payday. I wish all we had to do was make a phone call.