Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The German DMV





The US DMV is a complicated place full of disgruntled employees and impatient people. The German one is not much different at all. We visited the LBV (Landesbetrieb Verkehr) today to update our license plates on our car to Hamburg plates (we still had the Stuttgart ones on there). Every time you move to a new county you need to get new plates. It was a pretty efficient place. First step is take a number and wait...we waited 10 minutes or so. Then we were called up, presented all the paperwork necessary (any missing documents and you would be told to come back...we had to show house registration, car registration, proof of insurance, some weird car documents, the emission documents), showed them our old plates (which we had to take off our car and present to the lady), pay her for the registration fee (28 euros), she gave us our new license plate number, and she charaded to us (no english, and we dont speak car German), where to go next...to get the new plates. There are 4 or 5 businesses surrounding the DMV buildings that make your plates for you. We chose one at random (are they any different to eachother???), and got our new plates made...(20 euro for front and back plates). Little feeder businesses. So, new plates in hand, back into the main building. This was the strangest part. After asking a few strangers what to do, we were told we needed to take our old plates to 2 table drills sitting in the corner. There, you take your old plates and use the power drill to scratch and drill at the plate, so that the old registration is taken off the plate. This is so that someone cannot use your plate again, since it was still valid. Felt very strange to be using power tools in a government building like this....I took the picture while Jenna risked metal shards in her arm haha...


With our demarked plates and our new plates, we marched back up to another window upstairs and the lady inspected our drill job and put new stickers on the new plates. And we were done. Took about 1 hour total. Not bad.

While we were at the license plate makers, I had them make another plate for me....

1 comment:

Troy said...

Those Wusz plates are keepers. Nicely done.