State DMV offices: How to find the DMV in every state

Each state has its own Department of Motor Vehicles or an equivalent agency where you can get a driver’s license, take a learner’s permit test, register your vehicle, transfer the title of your car, and more. Here’s how to find yours.

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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.

State

DMV or equivalent agency phone number

DMV or equivalent agency website

Alabama

(334) 242-9000

www.revenue.alabama.gov/motor-vehicle

Alaska

(855) 269-5551

www.doa.alaska.gov/dmv

Arizona

(602) 255-0072

www.azdot.gov/motor-vehicle-services

Arkansas

For license, ID, and driving record questions: (501) 371-5581; For title and registration questions: (501) 682-4692

www.mydmv.arkansas.gov

California

(800) 777-0133

www.dmv.ca.gov

Colorado

(303) 205-5600

www.colorado.gov/dmv

Connecticut

If you are within the Hartford area: (860) 263-5700; All other parts of CT: (800) 842-8222

www.ct.gov/dmv

Delaware

Wilmington: (302) 434-3200; Delaware City: (302) 326-5000; Dover: (302) 744-2500; Georgetown: (302) 853-1000

www.dmv.de.gov

District of Columbia

(202) 737-4404

www.dmv.dc.gov

Florida

(850) 617-3000

www.flhsmv.gov

Georgia

(678) 413-8400

www.dds.georgia.gov

Hawaii*

Motor Vehicle Safety Office: (808) 692-7650

www.hidot.hawaii.gov

Idaho

(208) 334-8000

www.itd.idaho.gov/itddmv

Illinois

Inside Illinois: (800) 252-8980; Outside Illinois: (217) 785-3000

www.cyberdriveillinois.com

Indiana

(888) 692-6841

www.in.gov/bmv

Iowa

General information: (515) 239-1101; Driver's license information: (515) 244-8725

www.iowadot.gov/mvd

Kansas

Driver's license information: (785) 296-3671; Driver services: (785) 296-3671

www.ksrevenue.org/dovindex

Kentucky

(502) 564-1257

www.drive.ky.gov

Louisiana

(225) 925-6146

www.expresslane.org

Maine

(207) 822-6400

www.maine.gov/sos/bmv

Maryland

(410) 768-7000

www.mva.maryland.gov

Massachusetts

(800) 858-3926

www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-registry-of-motor-vehicles

Michigan

(888) 767-6424

www.michigan.gov/sos

Minnesota

Driver services: (651) 297-3298; Vehicle services: (651) 297-2126

www.dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs

Mississippi

(601) 987-1212

www.dps.ms.gov

Missouri

Driver services: (573) 526-2407; Vehicle services: (573) 526-3669

www.dor.mo.gov/motorv

Montana

(406) 444-3933

www.dojmt.gov/driving

Nebraska

Driver's license division: (402) 471-3861; Vehicle information: (402) 471-3918

www.dmv.nebraska.gov

Nevada

License and registration: (775) 684-4830; Vehicle title services: (775) 684-4810

www.dmvnv.com

New Hampshire

(603) 227-4000

www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv

New Jersey

(609) 292-6500

www.state.nj.us/mvc

New Mexico

(888) 683-4636

www.mvd.newmexico.gov

New York

(518) 486-9786

www.dmv.ny.gov

North Carolina

(919) 715-7000

www.ncdot.gov/dmv

North Dakota

Driver services: (701) 328-2600; Vehicle services: (701) 328-2725

www.dot.nd.gov/public

Ohio

(844) 644-6268

www.bmv.ohio.gov

Oklahoma

Driver's license services: (405) 425-2300

www.ok.gov/dps

Oregon

(503) 945-5000

www.oregon.gov/odot/DMV

Pennsylvania

(717) 412-5300

www.dmv.pa.gov

Rhode Island

(401) 462-4368

www.dmv.ri.gov

South Carolina

(803) 896-5000

www.scdmvonline.com

South Dakota

(605) 773-3541

www.dor.sd.gov/individuals/motor-vehicle

Tennessee

Driver's license issuance: (615) 253-5221; Driver's license reinstatement: (866) 903-7357

www.tn.gov/driver-services

Texas

Local: (512) 465-3000; Toll free: 1 (888) 368-4689

www.txdmv.gov

Utah

Salt Lake City area: (801) 297-7780; Toll free: (800) 368-8824

www.dmv.utah.gov

Vermont

(802) 828-2000

www.dmv.vermont.gov

Virginia

(804) 497-7100

www.dmv.virginia.gov

Washington

Diver's license information: (360) 902-3900; Vehicle registration information: (360) 902-3770

www.dol.wa.gov

West Virginia

(304) 558-3900

www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv

Wisconsin

Driver services: (608) 264-7447; Vehicle services: (608) 264-7447

www.wisconsindot.gov

Wyoming

Driver services: (307) 777-4800

www.dot.state.wy.us

  • 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.

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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.

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Senior Editor & Licensed Home Insurance Expert

Kara McGinley

Senior Editor & Licensed Home Insurance Expert

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