Privatize the DMV

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Two readers tell me New Mexico and Arizona have already done it.

Longtime reader “Garth,” who blogs here, writes:

I have been meaning to write about this for some time, but here in New Mexico (Albuquerque and surrounds at least) we have privatized versions of the Motor Vehicle Department/Division. While one can still go to the gubmint offices, we also have the option of paying a little more and going to a private “MVD” company which will do for you everything the government division is supposed to. It is FAST, FRIENDLY, EFFICIENT, and not only have they put their shops in highly convenient places (in strip malls at big intersections) but the market is competitive with multiple firms.

And reader James Hawk writes:

Arizona actually does this. Third party entities such as title and insurance companies partner up with the DMV. These third parties offer almost every service the DMV does (except for new drivers licenses) for a small fee (usually $3-$5). I have not been to the DMV for years.

I’m intrigued. Anyone know if other states do this?

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