I have been in the perpetual nightmare that is the LA Courthouse/DMV system for over a year now. And after automated phone calls, website floundering and multiple certified letters; my license was meant to officially be suspended on March 12. All for a fix it ticket from almost 2 years ago.
At first, I thought, "Perfect. A reason to take public transport. I'll save some money on insurance. No more parking tickets." And then I started freaking out.
After 17 calls in a row to the DMV, I finally spoke to a very nice woman who knew of a "loop hole" in getting things expedited. I followed all of her advice and put together a packet to send to the LA Superior Courthouse. I also included a post-it-note that said, "I know your job is frustrating. Thank you for what you do! [smiley face]" It should be noted the packet also included a $10 Abstract Notice Fee.
The only way to see if my packet worked was to call the DMV everyday to see if the Courthouse had contacted the DMV. So I did. Everyday. For 10 days. And today, two days before D Day, it worked!
Moral of the story:
Nice little notes work!
But, more likely: Pay off the government if you need something done.