Buying a bike without a title... #2. I purchased an old motorcycle with a bill of sale and no title, took it to the DMV and paid the fees. The people at the DMV said they could run the VIN, so I went home and hauled the bike back there. They checkd the VIN and I thought everything was done. A week later, I get all of my paperwork back in the mail. I spent an extra hour hauling my bike to the DMV. I need to go have the VIN run by the CHP. I can only get the VIN run by the CHP in my county. The one CHP office in my county is so backlogged, they will not accept appointments. The last time I did this routine, it took 2 weeks to get the appointment, 5 minutes for the officer to read the number on the frame and motor. 2 minutes to get the numbers returned. Can I have any CHP officer on patrol check the VIN? There is a weigh station near my house. Maybe I'll drive up and play stupid... Can ya run the VIN? I called the DMV and got someone that can barely speak English. I hope they were in India, but probably the person is in Sacramento. I told the person on the phone the CHP was so booked up, they are not even taking appointments for September. The reply was, "That service is very popular." I don't want to work on this bike for the next month, just to find it can't be registered. The guy who sold it to me had the local police run the VIN. No problems, but I have to do this song and dance.