Short story: No title or registration in hand. But nobody really expected it to be that easy.

DMV is always crowded, but the appointment system works really well. Why don’t all these people make appointments?

I need a brake and light certification from a qualified shop, and a VIN verification from CHP. The next appointment for that is 9/28, which will be torture for my son.

But we are getting closer to having this beast titled, registered, and insured.

As an aside, I am going to have my son check the fuses. A number of electrical items do not work, and I think that makes sense as a starting point.