DMV definition

The Department or Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a state-level government agency that administers vehicle registration and driver licensing in the United States of America.

The DMV is not used in every state or area, nor are the traditional DMV functions handled by a single agency in every state, but the term is widely understood. Different jurisdictions use other titles instead of DMV, but they all take care of regulating driver’s licensing, vehicle registration, and vehicle titles.

In the United States, driver licensing and vehicle registration are handled by the state government in all states but Hawaii, where the local government performs DMV functions. Meanwhile, in Canada, driver licensing and vehicle registration are managed at the provincial government level.

Note: This is not to be confused with the nickname DMV, commonly used for the metropolitan area of D.C. Maryland and Virginia.