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New to Arizona

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. Arizona Auto License Service is an Authorized Third Party, contract by Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to provide motor vehicle services.

Vehicles

If your vehicle was registered in another state and you wish to operate it in Arizona, you must register it as soon as you become an Arizona resident.

To title and register your out-of-state vehicle, you will need an out-of-state title (or registration, if title is held by lienholder), a lien clearance, if applicable. An emission compliance form (Phoenix and Tucson areas only) if required.

Vehicles that are model year 1967 and newer and more than 5 years old require emissions.

If you have a leased vehicle, a Power of Attorney from the lessor (original or certified copy). Contact your lessor to obtain this original notarized form.

Arizona 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.

 

Drivers License

Proof of Identification, Age and Authorized Presence

Social Security Number

You are required by A.R.S. §§ 28-3158(D)(5) and 28-3165(F), under the authority of 42 U.S.C. §§ 405(c)(2)(C) and 666(a)(13)(A), to provide your Social Security number. It will be used to verify your identity and to comply with federal and state child-support enforcement laws. It will not be used as your driver license or identification card number.

Identification Requirements

If you provide a valid driver license from another state, written and road tests would not be required.

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