Where is the closest DMV?
If you need to register the vehicle or get a driving license in the US, you need to appeal to the Department of Motor Vehicles (abbreviated DMV). It's a state organization that deals with everything about the vehicle's registration and licenses. In every state, DMVs vary – you won't see the DMV abbreviation in all American states. Also, in some cases, the letter "D" in the title can stand for "Division". And in some states, DMV can have a different name.
The performers of the DMV functions are varied. Almost in all American states, the DMV functions are performed by the state governors. The exception is Hawaii, where the services are provided by the local administration.
The services of DMV in the United States include all things about the driver and its vehicle (registration and ownership, licenses and identification). Below, there's a brief description of each service.
America is one of the countries that don't have one state card of identification. That's why the driver's license very often performs this function. So, in fact, DMV is that one organization, which provides the citizens' identity, even if you are not a driver.
The driver's license can be of two types - commercial and noncommercial. The noncommercial type signifies permission to drive a specific motor vehicle (such as a standard vehicle, truck, or two-wheel motorized vehicle). If you drive big, weighty, or placarded hazardous material vehicles in commerce, you need to get a commercial driver's license.
To get the driver's license, you need to fill the application form on the DMV website (every state has its own DMV site) and then finish the procedure in the DMV office. Some states also require passing the exam before getting the DL. Besides, you can fill the application form on the DMV websites if you need to renew your DL or duplicate it. Also, online you can update your driver's license (such as changing of name or address).
DMV also provides the service of vehicle registration. On the website, you can find a list of all documents needed for registration. DMV allows registering the vehicle not only in your own name or for one person only. In case your vehicle is bought via the auto dealership, the dealer can register it instead of you (of course, for an extra cost).
For the vehicle, you also need to get a certificate of vehicle ownership (it's also known as title or pink slip). It's an official document that declares you as a legal owner of the vehicle. In every state, the list of vehicles to which DMV issues titles ranges. So before titling, you have to check the vehicle's type certificated by DMV.
After the registration and issuing title, the other important thing you have to do is to ensure your vehicle. Without it, you cannot drive on the public road. Every state has its insurance requirements, so before you insure the vehicle, enter the DMV site and carefully read all the needs. Also, you will find all information about insurance types and their prices.
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