Welcome home Tim! I have a DMV appointment this Thursday in San Jose, everything close to my homes was over a month out and I want to get this done as soon as possible. If you go on line to (www.dmv.ca.gov) you can make an appointment and choose from a list of DMV offices throughout the entire state. I just kept choosing offices in the greater bay area until I came across one that had an opening. San Jose happened to be the one. There are two forms that you will need to print and fill out. The first one is the Title Transfer Form that DMV will help you with when you go in to transfer title. However, there is another form that you print out that must be filled out by an Authorized LEO or inspection office. This form is to basically verify VIN numbers and whether or not the bike is CARB Certified for California Emissions. This office or LEO will fill out the form in it's entirety and no one else is allowed to write ANYTHING on the form or alter it in any way! I went to the CHP office in Redwood City at 355 Convention Way, Redwood City 94063. Their phone number is (650) 369-6261. I went without an appointment and met an Officer Weber (like the bbq). He told me to come back anytime the following day and he would take care of me. That was last Wednesday, so I went in on Thursday and he graciously helped me out. He had never seen a TMAX as they are fairly rare in California. I suggest that you call the office in advance, see if you can speak with him directly and find out when he will be in the office doing desk work so he could possibly help you as well. Here's what I brought along. Since the bike is not registered currently, I made a copy of the title. I had already insured the bike through Geico from the day I actually purchased it so I also have a valid insurance card with the bike. I also made a copy of the completed Title Transfer Form that I will be bringing to DMV when I go to transfer it. And lastly, I brought the blank VIN Verification form that he had to fill out completely and sign, so all my paperwork was in order and ready for him to inspect. Then, there are a few things on the actual bike that he must look at. Together we found the locations of these items, it took a bit of hunting but like I said, he had never seen the TMAX so we were both shooting in the dark. Firstly, there is a label in the seat compartment that will clearly state that your TMAX is 50 State Legal and CARB Certified in California. So he will have to see that. Secondly, there is another label that he will have to see (not sure exactly what it is). But, if you are standing facing the front of the scooter, and get down on your hands and knees and look up under the front fairing above the front fender there is a label on the upper left hand side. He will need to see that and jot down and/or verify some stuff, perhaps that is the VIN. Lastly, he will have to verify the engine number. If you are sitting on the bike, the engine number is stamped (actually cast right into the engine) on the left hand side. So, get on your hands and knees on the side you most likely mount the bike on, look underneath the floor board and you will see the very bottom of the engine. There is a raised, cast series of numbers and or letters right there on the engine and that is what he will need to see. I don't know what modifications have been done, perhaps exhaust? But in any case he didn't even look at anything else. Just verifying those labels and numbers. He then completed the entire form and gave me explicit instructions not to write on it, sign it or alter it in anyway. So, I think that I am ready for my DMV Appointment this Thursday. I plan on driving my car to the appointment since all this pre-work has been done. I don't even know if it's necessary to Smog a motorcycle as you would your car here in California but I don't think you have to. Again, I am new to this so it's a learning situation for me as well. If I run into any problems on Thursday at DMV I will let you know. In the meantime, ride safe and I look forward to meeting up in the future. To the rest of the forum, sorry for the long winded post. I suppose I could have just messaged Tim with this information saving all this boring stuff from the rest of you.