New to Arizona
If you're new to Arizona, there are a number of transactions you need to take care of with the AZ Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), such as applying for your driver's license and registering your car. You'll also need to remember to register to vote in your new county. If you are active-duty military now stationed in Arizona, check out our military guide for details on exemptions and requirements related to your service.
Vehicle and licensing issues are most commonly associated with the DMV. However, several states do not actually refer to their vehicle and licensing agency as the DMV.
Should you get a traffic ticket, it will be handled by both the Department of Public Safety and Arizona's court system. To register to vote, you can visit your MVD office or the Secretary of State (SOS) website.
Keep reading below for details on how to accomplish all of these tasks upon your move to the state.
If you are bringing your out-of-state vehicle into Arizona with you, you will need to have it registered in the state as soon as you establish residency.
You can find out how to do this on our Car Registration in Arizona page.
If you have an off-road vehicle, a boat trailer, or a recreational vehicle (RV), the registration process varies a little. For more information, visit our guide to Arizona special vehicle registration.
Before you can register your car in Arizona, the DMV requires that you have adequate car insurance.
You can find a wealth of information on our Car Insurance in Arizona page, including state minimum requirements and additional protection coverages you may wish to purchase.
Emissions Inspections in Arizona
In an effort to combat air pollution, the MVD is partnering with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to administer an emissions-control program. For more information, please visit our Arizona Smog Check page.
Once you've established residency in Arizona, you will need to transfer your out-of-state driver's license to continue to drive legally in the state. For more information, visit our following pages:
- Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Arizona
- Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Arizona
- Applying for a New CDL in Arizona
If you don't drive, but you need a form of Arizona identification, you can find all the relevant information on our Identification Cards in Arizona page.
Registering to vote is often overlooked when moving to a new state. You can find out how to do it on our Arizona Voter Registration page.
If you're not an Arizona resident but are stationed in the state on active military duty, visit our Drivers in the Military page. It's loaded with useful information.
If you're new to the area and don't know where the closest Arizona MVD office is, you can find it by using our DMV Office Finder.
You may also find the following Arizona MVD resources helpful:
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