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August 23, 2013
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Trying to get a refund out of the DMV

I received a copy of a letter that former Carson Valley resident Stuart Posselt sent to Gov. Brian Sandoval, expressing his dismay that the Nevada DMV wouldn’t refund the unused portion of his registration fees after he moved back to California.

He said he paid $469 for his registration on April 5 and moved out of the state on July 1, then tried to get the rest of his registration fee back.

“I feel that I’ve been short-changed, cheated and robbed by Nevada,” he wrote. “I bought service for 12 months and did not receive that. I have been in the past a strong supporter of Nevada, but I no longer am such. I feel the State of Nevada crooks have stolen my money. If in fact, I am not entitled to a refund of the unused portion of my fees as per NRS, something needs to be fixed — and fixed soon otherwise you should be thrown in jail for theft.”

The qualifications for refund are listed on Nevada’s DMV site. Nevada Revised Statute 482.399 Section 9 includes this qualification for a refund “…the person requesting the refund is a resident of Nevada.” A person who dies before the registration expires may qualify for a refund, as long as they die a Nevadan.

The DMV is even clearer, it says “The person requesting the refund must be a resident of Nevada.”

Stuart thought I should investigate, so I took a few minutes to look up California’s rules on refunding registration fees.

According to California’s form ADM399, DMV will not honor refund requests that are for registration fees covering a portion of the year.

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We had a question on the blog last week about septic tank sludge disposal in Carson Valley costing twice what it does in Carson City. It turns out that neither of the Valley’s big sewer plants accepts septic dumps. Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District Manager Frank Johnson said that treating septic sewage is more complicated than the material coming in through the pipes.

He said that septic sludge can be high in biochemical oxygen demand, which is the amount of dissolved oxygen needed by aerobic biological organisms in a body of water to break down organic material present, I read on Wikipedia, which makes it difficult to treat.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.

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