Concept

Department of motor vehicles

Summary
A department of motor vehicles (DMV) is a government agency that administers motor vehicle registration and driver licensing. In countries with federal states such as in North America, these agencies are generally administered by subnational governments, while in unitary states such as many of those in Europe, DMVs are organized nationally by the central government. Depending on the location, the "DMV" can also be known as "division of motor vehicles," "driver and motor vehicle services," or "bureau of motor vehicles". Terminology and organization Driver licensing and vehicle registration in the United States are handled by the state government in all states but Hawaii, where local governments perform DMV functions. In Canada, driver licensing and vehicle registration are handled at the provincial government level. United States Driver's licenses in the United States The Uniform Vehicle Code prefers the name "Department of Motor Vehicles". The acronym "DMV" is mos
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