I've been trying to get my X-treme XM-2000 registered at the California DMV so I can get a license plate and I've been running into problems. Wondering what everybody else has done.
The workers at the DMV told me that I needed to have a second VIN tag somewhere on the scooter to match the first one. Couldn't find one. They also said that I'd need a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (like a title paper). One didn't come with the purchase, and I've got a call into X-treme about obtaining one.
I'm sure it's just lack of enough exposure to these types of vehicles that makes it seem that most of the DMV people don't know what they're talking about. I began by explaining that it was an electric Vespa-type vehicle that went 45 MPH. The first guy asked me why I was bothering to even register it, because it was a moped. The second person insisted that the 2nd VIN tag would be on the engine block, somewhere behind one of the fairings. I was like, "Hello? I said it was electric. No engine...." The third person got down and hunted all around for the tag and then proclaimed "Oh well, you're going to have to take it to the CHP (highway patrol) and get them to verify the VIN or reissue new VIN tags." I called twice on the DMV phone help line and was told different things as well. So they're not inspiring much confidence from me.
What I'd like to know from you folks with E-Max's and similar is how you're registered (especially in CA). I wouldn't mind registering it as an under 30 MPH moped, I don't care. I have a class M1 license, so I can drive any two or three wheeled vehicle legally, but I'd like a license plate so I won't draw any undue attention from a cop behind me.
I saw that the GreenEMotor website (with the E-Runner 220 identical scooter) says to fill in form 230 with the VIN number, check the boxes saying it's a moped, and mail a check for $17 and that's it. On the phone, I was told that I'd still have to bring the scooter down to the DMV for VIN tag and MSO paper verification, even if it was to be registered as a moped.
How has everybody else gotten their plates? Came with the scooter? Mailed the form in? Riding with no plates? What's the secret?
I'm still waiting to here back from X-treme about what they say about it. Their other technical type support has been speedy and helpful so far, but maybe the upcoming holiday is throwing a wrench in the works.