Hey guys, I need your help here. I couldn't find the answer to my question in any of the forum searches I did. I went to the DMV and tried to register my 54 Chevy and they gave me $600.00 is backfees for a vehicle that wasn’t even in their system. I bought the car (1954 Chevrolet) as a project back in July of 1998 from a somone who had it stored next to a barn in the Napa/Sonoma area. He didn’t have a title for the car so I had to get a Bill of Sale form from the DMV and have him sign it. I registered the car under my name on Janurary 8th 1999 (about $60). The vehicle has been garaged for the last 13 years as it has been a long project. I never ended renewing my registration. Fast forward 13 years and I go into the DMV yesterday to get it registered and since it was no longer in their system I figured I would have to pay just the fee to license it under my name again (around $60 last time I did it). The guy didn't know what to do with it so he took it to his manager and she didn't know what to do with it. So she called someone on the phone and they came up with $600 in back fees to get the car current. I don’t understand how they came up with the fees if the vehicle was no longer in their system. Is there anything I can do to dispute the fees? Should I just go to another DMV and see if they will drop the fees? My fear is that now the car is in their system with backfees based on someone's opinion. ARRRHHHGGG!!! I should have just been dishonest and said I lost the title and paperwork so I could register it as a new title. See what happens when you try to do the right thing in California!