My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: California
Vehicle registration was several years past due, the balance owed was $2826.00, of which $1426.00 was for penalties and late fees. The account had gone to collections which The Franchise Tax Board handles on behalf of the DMV.
However, each individual DMV office has the discretion through the supervisor or branch manager to waive or lower any penalties or fees upon payment of past due registration fees. But because this account was in collections the DMV supervisor was not able to access details of the account nor was allowed to waive or lower any penalties or fees because the account was in collections through the FTB. Now when you review the FTB rules relating to collections on behalf of the DMV the board specifically states that the DMV manager has the discretion to waive or lower any penalties or fees, but the DMV computer wouldn't allow access to details of the account and the manager said she could not do anything with the account other than to collect the full amount due.
So, I have an "Application for refund" provided by the CA DMV and the form itself asks if you are asking for refund for fees and penalties that were "erroneous, excessive, or not due." $1,400.00 is excessive but there is no information available from the state that quantifies this as such.
The question is does anybody know how to properly fill out this form in accordance with the above situation? And/or does anyone know an attorney that has practice in this field of the CA DMV?