New to AZ - Welcome!

New to AZ - Welcome!


From MVD Director, Eric Jorgensen

Hello and Welcome to Arizona,

For many of you, one of the first items on your to do list as you get settled into our great state will be to obtain an Arizona Driver License and title and register your vehicles. That’s our department—the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)—and we want to make the transactions as quick, simple and secure as possible.

In Arizona there are more than 40 state offices where you can complete your transactions. We also have more than 160 privately operated Authorized Third Party locations throughout the state. These companies are contracted with ADOT to provide motor vehicle services. Many have extended hours and are open weekends and some holidays. Hours and locations.

Your original Arizona driver license and initial title and registration require an office visit, but after that you can conduct much of your business online at no additional cost. You’ll want to become familiar with AZ MVD

We hope you enjoy your Arizona experiences, and we look forward to providing outstanding customer service for all your motor vehicle needs.


signature - Eric Jorgensen
Eric R. Jorgensen
Director, Motor Vehicle Division

Obtaining an Arizona Driver License
Applying for a Title and Registration


Resident Definition

State law requires that you obtain an Arizona vehicle registration and driver license, immediately if any of the following apply:

  • You work in Arizona (other than for seasonal agricultural work).
  • You are registered to vote in Arizona.
  • You place children in school without paying the tuition rate of a nonresident.
  • You have a business with an office in Arizona that bases and operates vehicles in this state.
  • You obtain a state license or pay school tuition fees at the same rate as an Arizona resident.
  • You have a business that operates vehicles to transport goods or passengers within Arizona.
  • You remain in Arizona for a total of seven months or more during any calendar year, regardless of your permanent residence.

Out-of-state students enrolled with seven or more semester hours, are not considered Arizona residents, regardless of employment.

Active duty military personnel based in Arizona who qualify for exemption under the Service Members Civil Relief Act of 2003 are not considered Arizona residents.