I recieved a delinquet parking notice in the mail saying i had an overdue parking ticket.
Ticket number 928544676. "Fact is", i recieved the wrong license plates in the mail by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. I recieved 7M08060. This plate, 7MO8060, number belongs to a gentlemen who lives severl hundreds miles from me. He recieved CA license plate number 7MO8054.
I was able to contact him from a piece of paper that the DMV employee gave me (which i still have). I told him that i had his plates. He was traveling at the time when i contacted him. When he got home several days later, he confirmned he ALSO had the wrong license plates, (never put ANY trust into these departments).
So, obviously we were both a little dumb headed cause we did not check our registrations against the plates we recieved in the mail. Had i, so much trouble could have been averted for me (CHECK YOUR PLATES when you get them in the mail!). I got new plates the day after i discovered i had the wrong plates, (that was a 4 hour and counting fiasco in itself).
I went to the Winnetka DMV office with the plates i recieved in the mail, 7MO8060, and told the gentlmen behind the counter what had happenend. He gave me some new plates at no charge (amazing) and the other guys information as well(thats how i contacted him).
I had to file for a review with the City Of Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau to contest the ticket that someone else got. They say it was properly issued and valid. I agree. BUT IT WAS NOT ME! Who ever recieved my plates, 7MO8059, got the ticket.
To compound this, i would think he lives by me cause the ticket was written in a few cities over. But he has a red car and i have a white truck. Go figure, they dont make mistakes? So now the PVB says i must pay the ticket before (wasting more of my time) to have an administrative review. WHAT A JOKE! And even at that review i am not guaranteed to be off the hook cause the CA DMV sent out the wrong batch of plates to god knows how many people.
The DMV and the PVB do not have a solution for this. The two departments DO NOT communicate on a problem like this. I was told by the DMV person, in other words, i am on my own. This does not surprise me one bit at all. So, here i am wasting my precious time cause of a simple HONEST mistake by a few idiots. What to do? Wish me luck! CHECK YOUR PLATES!
Mission Hills, California