and today a license plate was finally handed over to us...but not without some stipulations.
the motor vehicle department was open late tonight so we headed over with our stack of papers. when our number was called, we skeptically went to the counter. the lady took our much-disputed border crossing document and raised a few questions. after we told her that this was definitely filled out correctly this time, that she should go check with someone else if she was unsure, she determined she could go ahead and process us. relief!
she took our border crossing document, our car insurance information, our drivers license info, and our american car title. she then pulled out the holy grail (a nova scotia license plate), a plate sticker (good for 2 years), and printed us a nova scotia car registration and car title. total = $170.
but, i was a bit confused. they took and kept our american car title and gave us a nova scotia car title. i told her that when we were at the border (the first time) they told us that the paperwork they were filling out would not allow us to sell our car in canada. but the title she gave us means that we can actually do this. i told her perhaps there was a mistake? she said she had to follow the way the customs form was filled out (which was clearly filled out incorrectly), which gives us full rights to sell the car in canada...even though they didnt make us pay tax on it when we brought the car into the country.
okay. theres nothing i can do and i can only assume/hope that having the car title switched gives us more freedom, not less. i cannot imagine what hoops we might have to jump through if we still have the car with us on a move back to the u.s...i'll save those thoughts to fuel my nightmares.
second item about the license plate: we get to drive around with an exemption note that says we will get the car safety inspected (required in nova scotia and is good for two years) within the next 10 days (or else we are subject to a hefty fine should a cop pull us over). nova scotia recently began requiring daytime running lights for all cars...so we may be forced to get that done...oh goodie, i cant wait.
(the much anticipated license plate...two visits to the border, one visit to the local halifax customs office, paperwork collection spanning the u.s. and canada, and three trips to the motor vehicle department, and we finally have it in our possession. easy peasy.)
while we're at it, i just thought i would stick a quick note in about france and its government run-around. first, we are about to re-inquire about our french taxes, since we got our paperwork from storage. second, a new part of the crazy came when we ripped through our stack of mail at phils house. the french government found us again and wants us to pay some habitation tax. something about how apartment complex owners pay taxes on the building itself and the lot that its on, but each resident pays a habitation tax for living in one of the dwellings in that building. sweet. im really enjoying all this bullshit aftermath. and we do actually need to pay these stupid things if we ever want to visit france again, without getting detained by the french police. dammit.