Find DMV, BMV, bureau of motor vehicles, motor vehicle department, driver services, and title & tag agency. DMVs provide information on vehicle registration, driver licenses, and driver insurance, road driving tests, and driving permit exams.

What is the DMV?

To legally drive a car in the United States, citizens over the legal age must pass written, driving and road tests, as well as get appropriate medical go-ahead for their relevant vehicle categories. Department of motor vehicles (DMV) offices are responsible for providing information on driving test contents and copies of driver's manuals, as well as for assigning DMV locations and times for road tests. Before getting a fully operational driver's license, first-time applicants usually obtain learner permits that allow driving under specific restrictions.

DMV offices help with

  1. Documentation. Drivers visit DMV offices for renewal and replacement of car registration documents, issuance of new driver's licenses, and to replace lost, stolen or damaged documents.
  2. Providing crucial information. A DMV office has information on testing procedures, driving exams, authorized traffic schools and vehicle title transfers for passenger and commercial vehicles.
  3. Scheduling road test appointments, organizing vision screening tests, assisting with traffic education, and updating the state driver's manual.
  4. Completing the title transfer procedure and issuing car titles for new vehicles. When a pink slip is lost or destroyed, the DMV office or authorized title and tag department will issue a car title copy (provided the applicant submits necessary evidence).
  5. Processing applications for new driving permits and standard driver licenses. Most DMV locations offer this service. Residents from other states and commercial driving licenses applicants need to check authorized locations and additional required documents before applying.
  6. The issuance of license plates along with car registration documents. These include specialty, vanity, veteran, personalized and antique license plates. When a plate gets lost or stolen, or a tag gets destroyed, the relevant DMV issues a new one.
  7. Registration for boats, vessels, and motorcycles. Some DMV offices handle boat and vessel registration, but one can register a motorcycle at almost all DMV locations as the departments typically issue motorbike licenses and permits.

Are there different types of DMV?

Different states have different names to their respective motor vehicle departments. Therefore the acronym DMV can be used as a generic term, including specific state offices responsible for driver's services, such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Division of Motor Vehicles or the Motor Vehicle Administration. Some DMV offices that encompass various aspects of the car registration procedure are called Title and Tag Agencies and can operate as a part of the DMV or another local department, such as the Department of Revenue. It is worth checking details about the available driver services at your local DMV, as you can complete many online.