Unnecessary fees are obnoxious.


The California DMV has an extraordinary, superb, terrific license plate Online Registration Renewal system. I was able to register my tag in about 2 minutes and pay by credit card. What a beautiful thing! I love technology. I love that the ‘net makes tedious crud like renewing my license plate so simple sometimes.

Here’s my problem: I had to pay four dollars ($4) extra! There was a $4 “convenience fee” for registering on-line instead of at the DMV office! WTF?!? I should get charged $4 less for saving them paperwork! Boneheads.

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  1. You know, I almost did the same thing, but spend 34 cents on a stamp instead of the $4 online.

  2. It is amazing. I just tried to fill out a change of address form through the USPS website. They wanted $1.00 for a credit card processing fee. Thing is that the credit card is only there to replace the need for a signature. So I sent in a hard copy, which is free because it is their own form and they pay for the postage. Such insanity!

  3. So! This is what they mean by a government bureaucrazy!

    Suddenly, the light goes on and it all makes sense. It’s the ultimate in capitalist expression: Charge people more for doing less!

    And the most amazing point about this is that by filing electronically, they can screw things up in a fraction of the time it used to take them manually!

  4. What is the mailing address for the CA DMV? I need to send an “Application for Replacement Plates, Stickers, Documents.” Can’t find this anywhere on DMV’s site.

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