I got my boat from Government liquidation. Initially (trip #1) the DMV told me they couldn't register the boat without a form SF97. They did, however, do all the DMV paperwork for the registration but told me to come back with the SF97 to make it active. I requested an SF97 from GL (for $60) and they sent me an SF97 for the trailer and a notarized bill of sale and transfer of title for the the boat (all for $80). Perhaps I got lucky but the next person I talked to was perfectly happy with new forms and completed the registration process. But I had registered the boat in mine and my wife's name and the GL documentation was only in my name so I had to get my wife to sign the transfer of title from me to us hence the third trip when they finally gave me my stickers and CF number .
My fourth trip back was for the trailer's required visual inspection, which it failed, because the safety stickers are unreadable. Also there is a sticker that is supposed to have a second VIN number on it, also unreadable. I have an appointment with the CHP to get new stickers then I can go back to the DMV to finish there.
All for a trailer I am probably not going to keep and isn't worth anything but I need to be able to move it around.
So I have heard that being in a small town the DMV people are a lot nicer and more helpful. We can still walk into the DMV and be seen in a very short time so that might be true. YMMV