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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. However, the term is widely understood and used in this context.
Different jurisdictions use other titles instead of DMV, but they all take care of regulating driver’s licensing, vehicle registration, and vehicle titles. For example, some of the other names and acronyms used in states instead of DMV include:
|Acronym Title||Full Name||State(s)|
|MDV||Motor Vehicle Division||Alabama, Arizona|
|HSMV||Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles||Florida|
|DDS||Department of Driver Services||Georgia|
|DSD||Driver Services Department||Illinois|
|BMV||Bureau of Motor Vehicles||Indiana, Maine, Ohio|
|DOV||Division of Vehicles||Kansas|
|MVA||Motor Vehicle Administration||Maryland|
|RMV||Registry of Motor Vehicles||Massachusetts|
|DVS||Driver and Vehicle Services||Minnesota|
|MVS||Motor Vehicle Division||Montana, New Mexico|
|MVC||Motor Vehicle Commission||New Jersey|
|DOL||Department of Licensing||West Virginia|
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.