A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a state-level government agency that primarily administers vehicle registration and licensing services. Depending on the state that you live in, your DMV-equivalent may be called something different, like the Division of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Driver Services Program, or Registry of Motor Vehicles.
No matter the name, these agencies all generally serve the same purpose — to handle state regulated requirements surrounding vehicles and drivers. This includes everything from car registration, driver’s license renewal, learners permit and driving tests, driving records, title transfers, bills of sale, and more.
You may have to visit your local DMV or equivalent agency’s office in person when registering a new car or renewing your license. However, depending on the state you live in, you may be able to complete many tasks online through your agency’s website.
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Department of Motor Vehicles and equivalent agencies by state
Each state has its own rules when it comes to vehicle and driving regulations. Below is contact information for DMVs and equivalent agencies in all 50 states.
DMV or equivalent agency phone number
DMV or equivalent agency website
For license, ID, and driving record questions: (501) 371-5581; For title and registration questions: (501) 682-4692
If you are within the Hartford area: (860) 263-5700; All other parts of CT: (800) 842-8222
Wilmington: (302) 434-3200; Delaware City: (302) 326-5000; Dover: (302) 744-2500; Georgetown: (302) 853-1000
District of Columbia
Motor Vehicle Safety Office: (808) 692-7650
Inside Illinois: (800) 252-8980; Outside Illinois: (217) 785-3000
General information: (515) 239-1101; Driver's license information: (515) 244-8725
Driver's license information: (785) 296-3671; Driver services: (785) 296-3671
Driver services: (651) 297-3298; Vehicle services: (651) 297-2126
Driver services: (573) 526-2407; Vehicle services: (573) 526-3669
Driver's license division: (402) 471-3861; Vehicle information: (402) 471-3918
License and registration: (775) 684-4830; Vehicle title services: (775) 684-4810
Driver services: (701) 328-2600; Vehicle services: (701) 328-2725
Driver's license services: (405) 425-2300
Driver's license issuance: (615) 253-5221; Driver's license reinstatement: (866) 903-7357
Local: (512) 465-3000; Toll free: 1 (888) 368-4689
Salt Lake City area: (801) 297-7780; Toll free: (800) 368-8824
Diver's license information: (360) 902-3900; Vehicle registration information: (360) 902-3770
Driver services: (608) 264-7447; Vehicle services: (608) 264-7447
Driver services: (307) 777-4800
Note: Hawaii is the only U.S. state where no part of the state government performs DMV functions. County governments throughout Hawaii handle DMV operations and offices.
How to find the DMV near me
In each state, there are multiple DMV office locations. Cities and counties have their own agency offices that you can visit in person, depending on what area of the state you live in. You should go to your state’s DMV website to determine where your closest agency office is. By visiting your agency’s website, you might learn that you don’t need to visit the office in person at all, and may be able to complete certain tasks, like license renewal, online.
You can also call your state’s DMV or equivalent agency’s office. Most offices typically have a general customer service line with extensions for specific issues, like licensing or vehicle registration.
When you go to a DMV office in person, you should make sure you bring photo identification, like your driver’s license, passport, or other form of identification.
How to make an appointment at the DMV
You can typically walk into a DMV office without an appointment for many tasks, like if you need to register your car or change the title of your car to someone else’s name. That said, you typically do need to make an appointment for things like a driver’s license test.
To make an appointment ahead of time, you should visit your local agency’s website or call the office closest to you. If your DMV or similar agency doesn’t take appointments or you can’t make an appointment for your specific needs, it’s a good idea to get to the DMV office early in the morning. If you don’t have an appointment, people are typically seen on a first come, first serve basis.
Does the DMV take credit cards?
Depending on what state you live in, and what the purpose of the transaction is, your local DMV office may accept credit cards and debit cards both online and in-person.
That said, some states may require you to pay only using a certified check or a money order made payable to the Department of Motor Vehicles or a related agency.
You may have to pay the DMV fees for a variety of reasons, like a registration fee when you register your car or a fee to get a renewed or duplicated driver’s license.