Mutant Vehicle Registration

Thank you for wanting to share an Art Car/Mutant Vehicle with the Oblivium community at Synchronous City. Getting your MV driving around on the playa is a two-stage process:

1) Completing the pre-registration application.
2) Undergoing the on-playa inspection to make sure the intent of the application was carried out.

You must apply online. No mailed-in applications will be accepted. This Web form should take you about 30 minutes to complete; less if your vehicle is fairly simple in its construction and implementation (i.e. a single layer, no trailers, lasers or flame effects).

Remember, this application is what gets you approved to bring your vehicle to the playa. Put your best foot forward! The more information you provide, i.e. the better the pictures and the more complete your description of the final product, the better chance you will have to get approved for playa inspection. Keep in mind, you must pull off what you submit in order to pass on playa.

For more information on any of the DMV policies or for a more detailed description of the licensing criteria, please visit the DMV section of Questions can be sent to: [email protected]

Many participants have found it useful to print a copy of this application to fill out while off-line. We have provided a PDF version of the DMV Pre-Registration Form for this purpose. Note that you must still fill out an application online!

You will be asked to share the following well-thought-out information:
Image Upload: 2-5 photographs or, if your vehicle is not yet to the point where a picture will clearly show what you are bringing to Oblivium, 2-5 design sketches of your vehicle.
Maximum Image Size: 1 MB
Accepted Formats : JPEG, PNG or GIF
Images should show both day and night time appearance of the vehicle.
If you have additional photographs or videos you want us to consider we recommend that you post these on a webpage or photo sharing site that does not require a username/password to access the pictures, such as One advantage of using a site like Flickr is that you can continue to add pictures as your work on the vehicle progresses.
Intent: What do you wish to share with the community as a result of bringing your vehicle to Oblivium.
Team: You may be required to provide contact information for a number of key roles. It is possible that you, as the questionnaire filler, may in fact hold all of these roles. However, if not, be sure that you have all of their contact information on hand and have consulted with each of them before beginning.
Safety Coordinator
Leave No Trace Coordinator
Fire Safety Coordinator
Fire: You’ll need to describe, in detail, any flame effects that your vehicle uses. You’ll also be required to submit a thorough Fire Safety Plan and provide contact information for a designated Fire Safety Coordinator, so be sure to have that ready before you begin.
Sound: If you’re a rolling dance party, we need complete information about any sound system you may have on the vehicle. Even if you’re not blowing out the neighbor’s windows, we still need to know.
Safety: A clear indication of the safety considerations you are implementing.
The criteria for licensing a Mutant Vehicle include:

1. Level of Mutation
Mutate your vehicle to the point that it is not recognizable as a street or stock vehicle. A radically mutated vehicle will not resemble or represent a car, truck, golf cart or any other readily identifiable street or stock vehicle. In addition, beyond just changing or covering the base vehicle, the mutation should aim to provide a level of “radical visual stimuli” or “wow factor” for the other participants of Synchronous City . When a person sees this vehicle, their reaction should be “Wow! Look at that!”
2. Interactivity
Provides an interactive experience for participants of Synchronous City. Interactivity is defined as an opportunity for any SCC citizen to participate in some activity offered by your vehicle. The theme and/or size of the vehicle is what’s considered here. Do you entertain a crowd? Have plenty of room for riders? Provide a service to the community via your vehicle? Include some other interactive element we haven’t even imagined?
3. Safety
Depending on the size and style of your vehicle, some or all of the following may apply: The vehicle must be able to maintain a steady speed of five MPH (the speed limit in Synchronous City) or less. Brakes must be in good working order. The vehicle should have sturdy side railings and stair railings. There should be no sharp or protruding objects. A fire extinguisher is highly recommended. Keeping a first aid kit on board is just plain smart. The vehicle should also have a safe access area and procedures for loading and unloading passengers.
4. Lighting
For vehicles seeking a night license, basic requirements must be met: The rear, front AND sides must be lit. All vehicle extremities must be lit. Any trailer hitch or dangerous area of the vehicle must be lit. Anywhere someone would walk, step, or climb on your vehicle should be lit, especially stairs and ladders. The RADICAL Illumination Policy is different from your mutation lighting and is required for any vehicle hoping to be on playa at night.
5. Sound
The DMV has a new Sound Policy for Mutant Vehicles. It is important that you know it. Please go here to review the policy. All vehicles driving in Synchronous City must follow the sound policy.

In addition to these criteria, you must also:

1. Describe the motivation for creating your Mutant Vehicle.
If the convenience of personal transportation is your primary goal, please rethink your intent. A primary factor of your urge to drive should be the sharing of your creation with the rest of the community.
2. Comply with all DMV pre-registration guidelines and deadlines.
Mutant Vehicle pre-registration is mandatory. You will be asked to include a photo or sketch of your vehicle, describe the safety considerations you are making, give detailed information about the radical mutations to the vehicle.
3. Adhere to Synchronous City vehicle/driving protocols.
Synchronous City a few simple driving guidelines. If you violate these community guidelines, you’ll lose the privilege of driving your Mutant Vehicle at Oblivium. In addition, you and your vehicle may be removed from the event, and you risk fines by law enforcement. Furthermore, owners that cannot follow our simple rules run the risk of not being licensed in subsequent years.

Please be aware that:
This application does not guarantee a Mutant Vehicle license. First your vehicle must be invited by the DMV to Oblivium and then your vehicle must pass an on-playa inspection before a license will be granted.
Submitting this application means that, if granted a Mutant Vehicle license, you agree to abide by all of the driving rules and community guidelines in effect at Oblivium.
You will receive an email from the SCC DMV indicating that your preliminary application has been received. This does not indicate anything other than receipt of your application. It in no way implies that you will receive a license. Keep this email as proof that you submitted your application. If you do not receive an email within 30 minutes of submitting your application, contact us at[email protected].
After you submit your application the DMV will review it — this may take several weeks. Yours is not the only mutant vehicle the DMV will be looking at. You will then receive an email from the DMV stating that your Mutant Vehicle has either been invited, which means you may bring it to the event (where licensing is subject to its on-playa inspection), or not, which means we will ask you to not bring your vehicle to Oblivium. If you have not received a status email from the DMV by June 15th, please email us at [email protected].
In order to enter Synchronous City your Mutant Vehicle, you must bring a printout of the invitation email mentioned in the bullet point above. This letter will be requested at the Gate when entering Synchronous City and again at the DMV when you come in for licensing. You will not be allowed to bring your Mutant Vehicle into Synchronous City without this.


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