Ignorance of the laws is not an excuse, and telling them you read is was ok on GL4x4.com won't fly. Go to the SOS, and ask them the best way. Explain, or have somebody with you that can explain the situation to them. Last thing you want is to give this guy cash, he takes off back to Canada, and you're out money, and now have a car you can't drive.
In bed, according to prophesy.