- had the city enter my house number into their zoning system so i could file for a parking permit
- got my parking permit after i explained my story again, then found the house number was entered at pennsylvania street and not avenue
- got closure on a fix-it ticket (registration tags, plates)
- changed my registration address, paid the registration
it is a much longer story than that, but i will spare you the details. i will say, the redwood city dmv took care of my business without an appointment in about 20 minutes. it turns out i already paid a ticket and they showed me in their system. but i have to prove to them that i paid the ticket to get a refund (i just took the form to fill out and stopped asking questions at that point).