Here is timeline so far:

8/15 Bought Honda Civic from dealer-asked them to expeidate the DMV process
8/16 Mailed in pass paperwork without lic. plate #, just to try...it has still not been returned and check not cashed
8/21 Honda Dealer took paperwork to DMV
8/28 Honda Dealer, person in charge of DMV paperwork, called me with licene plate number
8/28 Mailed (regular mail) form with licence plate number, while in Sacramento (was on vacation visiting family).

Now I wait! Neither checks have cashed, nor has anything been returned. I hope its not too late!