I think Jim’s sage advice is helpful in any situation.
I don’t think you’ll need to travel far from home for the registration process, I simply picked the DMV and CHP locations closest to me since I’m still having issues with my clutch on my Spyder. Fortunately for me, the Santa Monica DMV employees knew about the specialty car registration and the appointment went smoothly; several inspectors came out to look and chat about the car.
I had put my 11-99 plate frame on the car – I don’t know how much that helped at the CHP inspection station but the appointment took less time than it was to drive there.
I went for my appointment at the referee station a few weeks ago for the smog exemption certificate but their state wide network was down so I couldn’t complete my penultimate step.
I’ll keep everyone updated on my progress.