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Motor Vehicle Division

Drivers License

As soon as you’ve established residency, you must get a state driver’s license. Go to any DMV office with all necessary documents including legal proof of age and identity.. No grace period applies. Remember to alert the Motor Vehicle Division that you carry a valid out-of-state license to avoid needless delays for testing. You will take a vision test and may also be asked to take the written test and driving test. Fees vary.

Vehicle Registration

You must register and title all vehicles. You will pay motor vehicle taxes (replacing personal property taxes) plus a registration fee. You must complete emissions testing before registering your vehicle and obtain proof of state vehicle insurance. Bring your out-of -state driver’s license; SSN card; vehicle title and lien papers; current vehicle registration and proof of age.

For answers to specific questions on drivers licenses and vehicle registration, contact the following office:

ADOT Motor Vehicle Division



MVD Office Locations

Service Arizona



Your vehicle must be insured for bodily injury and property damage before you can register it. You will be required to submit proof of this coverage.  For specifics, call or visit online:

Arizona Department of Insurance


All new Arizona residents must complete any required emissions testing prior to vehicle registration. Simply bring the vehicle’s current out-of-state registration and/or title to the testing center. When emissions testing is complete, you will receive the paperwork needed that will be necessary at the time of registration and titling. Vehicles in the Phoenix metro area are tested every other year.  Most new vehicles within the last five model years are exempt.  For more information about obtaining an emissions test or answers to specific questions on testing, contact:

Car Care Hotline



Apache Junction Station
565 East 38th Avenue

Chandler Test Stations
20 North Beck
2360 South Airport Boulevard

Glendale Test Stations
5850 West Beverly Lane
7140 North 110th Avenue

Goodyear Station
16140 West Eddie Albert Way

Mesa Test Stations
1851 West 1st Avenue
4442 East Ivy Street

Phoenix Test Stations
1520 East Riverview Drive
4949 East Madison
10210 North 23rd Avenue
5302 West Roosevelt

Scottsdale Test Station
8448 East Evans

Surprise Test Station
13425 West Westgate Drive



In Arizona, the law requires all drivers and passengers must use safety belts when riding in a passenger vehicle on state roads. All children under five years old weighing less than 40 pounds must sit in the back seat while secured in a child safety seat. Additional, A citation will be issued for each passenger under 16 years of age that occupies the front seat and is not wearing a seat belt.  For complete information on vehicle safety, contact:

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Safe Kids Arizona