The people at the DMV on Formosa are super nice. Now this is the DMV where you go for vehicle registration. You have to go to the other Hollywood location for your driver’s license and that’s just a ripe mess no matter what. But the Formosa DMV for vehicle registration…these are people who get people.
Despite the fact that they are closed on Cesar Chavez Day (which is a bullshit holiday and if I don’t mail because of it I’m gonna be pissed), everything about this place is the exact OPPOSITE of every DMV experience you’ve ever had. I went on a Thursday afternoon (don’t go at lunch time and don’t go before work, that’s crazy talk. Use your lunch break like a smart person) and walked right up to the nicest, most sincere public worker I’ve ever met. Not only did she tell me with a smile exactly where I needed to go, and what I need to do, she dropped some major tips on me. Like…don’t tell anyone that the car is in my name and I’m making payments to my parents. Tell her I got it as a gift. Then I don’t have to pay any taxes on it.
I take a number and I sit and wait for the next available clerk while I fill out paperwork. MY NUMBER GOT CALLED BEFORE I FINISHED MY PAPERWORK? Where am I? What bizarre world have I stumbled into? The DMV lady is waiting for ME. She is just as great as the first woman. She loves that I have my shit together and talk about my mom fondly so she cuts me some real breaks. Did you know that it’s the law that you have to have your car registered in California within 20 days of moving here? Truth. Even if your parents technically own it. No matter what. You are a resident, you need CA plates. This woman saved me TONS of money in fees that I would have had to pay since I’ve been in LA for FOUR YEARS.
Oh, the one thing that is shit is the parking. Forget about it. Only park in the lot if you absolutely HAVE to. It’s a joke. There is always a line of up to 10 cars just sitting in the street waiting to get in. As frustrating as that is, once you are inside, you are treated like royalty.
Maybe not royalty, but you’re treated like a real person. And considering the location, that’s pretty much fucking royalty.