Can somebody tell me that? I'm sorry but read on.... I bought a great little 14' boat, 9.5hp motor, and trailer from an elderly lady, Betty, earlier this week. I wanted to fix it and get it out on the water. So it needed to be registered. I have an inherent fear of the DMV from previous visits. So I called them prior to going just to make sure I had everything I needed to licence both the boat and the trailer. I had it all. I walked into the DMV this morning and asked the lady at the info booth if I had everything, just confirming. She looked the stuff over and said I did. With all the paperwork filled out, I proceeded to the checkout/filing window. The lady Betty I bought the boat from was actually selling her husbands boat. The last time it was registered, it was in his name. He is now unfortunately deceased. I thought it might be an issue but I had a copy of his death certificate like they said I needed when I called prior. The all important moment was here. The lady at the counter looked over the paperwork and squinted her eye. I could tell from her look I was screwed. She rambled off a bunch of things. "You need a affidavit signed by a notary that this is in fact the wife of the deceased man who sold you this boat." "We also need to have you fill out this form stating that you paid this amount because it seems extremely low." "Third, you need a rubbing of the registration number off the trailer to confirm this is the trailer you have." "Fourth, fifth, sixth....." She lost me about a third of the way through. I only paid $300 for the whole shebang. It needed a bunch of work like barrings and new lights on the trailer. The boat itself is no prize. It's all dented up. The seats need to be replaced. The motor is nice though. It was probably worth six or eight hundred dollars by itself. But I offered her three for the whole package and she took it. I can't help it if I got lucky. Now I have to basically sign my XXXX away, and pay fees up the wazoo and for what? I just want to know why. That's all, why. Why do we need all this stuff? What possible benefit is there to this stifling bureaucracy? I was getting XXXX in triplicate!!! I'm not licensing some super yacht worth twenty-five million. It's a XXXX 1964 rowboat on a rusty '74 trailer.