Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Definition - What does Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) mean?

A department of motor vehicles (DMV) is the state-operated office that is responsible for taking in payments for motor tax and taxing all vehicles on the road. It is also the government agency responsible for issuing driver's licenses, permits and registration.

Justipedia explains Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

There are strict requirements that are assessed on a state-wide level, and employees of the DMV must strictly adhere to the laws and regulations when administering a driver's license or taxing a vehicle. For instance, a person who wears corrective eyewear is also required to take a vision test when applying for a license, while others may be randomly called to take the test.

Many laws run concurrently with the regulatory nature of the DMV. For instance, if a person gets pulled over for driving while intoxicated, and their driver's license is suspended upon sentencing, the authority of the DMV is overridden.

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