Originally Posted by tricepilot
Have a plate made with the VIN made locally, and affix it in place over the old spot with adhesive.
Some ID's are stamped and some are printed.
There's some leeway and hence opportunity.
IMO, if the title numbers kinda resemble what is shown on the beat-up tag, you should be OK.
If you're turned down, try a different bridge or crossing, or a different shift of staff.
IIRC, the deposits, when I last crossed, were $600, $400, and $200...but that's a different subject, eh?