Nearly every U.S. state has a government agency responsible for issuing driver’s licenses and, commonly, providing vehicle registration services. In most states, this agency is called the Department or Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

While the DMV’s actual responsibilities vary by state and county, and some agencies go by a different name, nearly every American recognizes the title “DMV,” associating it with driver licensing and vehicle registration.

Hawaii is the only exception, as their local governments carry out the tasks typically performed by the DMV.

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