A Deeper Look at What is Considered Part of the DMV


A few weeks back we wrote a piece that told “The Story Behind The DMV.”

This led to a fun debate on what the area referred to as the DMV is actually made up of.

We took all of your thoughts and opinions, threw in some of ours, and put together this map that shows a general opinion of what people think the DMV actually consists of.

Here are some notes based on the feedback we received:

D.C. is the heart of the DMV. Almost everyone familiar with the term considered all of DC as being in the DMV.

Almost everyone feels that the areas immediately surrounding DC are part of the DMV.

• This includes places like Bethesda and Silver Spring in MoCo.
• Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, etc. in NoVa.
• Oxon Hill, Temple Hills, Suitland, Capital Heights, Hyattsville, College Park, etc. in Prince George’s County

Most feel that the DMV expands beyond the areas bordering D.C.

This includes:

• As far as Rockville, Gaithersburg, etc. in MoCo.

• As far as Vienna, Springfield, etc. in NoVa

• As far as Upper Marlboro, Bowie, etc. in Prince George’s County.

Some think the DMV expands to include the entirety of the counties surrounding DC, plus some of the counties beyond that.

This includes:

• All of MoCo

• Much of Loudoun County

• All of Fairfax County

• All of Prince William County

• All of Prince George’s County

• All of Howard County

• All of Anne Arundel County

• A small portion of Carroll County

• A small portion of Frederick County

• Places like Waldorf, MD, Annapolis, MD, and Woodbridge, VA

– A few people feel it expands to include all of the counties mentioned above and further. This include areas like Baltimore, MD, Fredericksburg, VA, and almost all the way until Harper’s Ferry, WV.

– A very small number feel that includes all of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

– A very small number believe it also includes the state of Delaware.

– Almost all people outside of the DMV agree the the DMV is the Department of Motor Vehicles.

What do you think?

By Tom Merritt and Alicia Clanton



9 Comments on "A Deeper Look at What is Considered Part of the DMV"

  1. I feel you can say you are from DC if you:
    A) Were born in DC
    B) Grew up in DC
    C) Born in MoCo or PG
    D) Grew up in MoCo or PG

    People who moved to the DC area as adults or anyone from NoVa are NOT I REPEAT NOT FROM DC! The one area that is tricky is Howard County since it converts from Burgundy and Gold to Purple and Black midway thru Columbia.

    Plus DC was created from parts of MD and VA took theres back so they lost the right to say they are from DC in 1847!

    • Who cares? I’m from Baltimore. Big and strong enough to stand alone!!! Some of those spots are country and have no sidewalks. If you don’t have sidewalks you are not from a metropolitan area. Cmon Manassas or Frederick is not a part of anybody’s metro area

  2. Who cares? I’m from Baltimore. Big and strong enough to stand alone!!! Some of those spots are country and have no sidewalks. If you don’t have sidewalks you are not from a metropolitan area.

    • DMV actually started in DeMaVa..

      • Please exclude north and west of Montgomery County. We are independent of the DMV cesspool.
        The next border wall should include southern Montgomery County. There should be a customs station at the MC/Frederick borders.

      • Incorrect del mar va is stated as it’s said.. not dmv

    • Baltimore isn’t “big & strong enough to stand alone” it’s more of a situation where no one wants to claim Baltimore. Sh*t Maryland doesn’t even consider Baltimore part of the state. MD would rather claim DC than Baltimore.

  3. I feel there is a difference between the sort of “metro” DMV and “greater” DMV. The former probably ends around Gaithersberg, Olney, Laurel, Bowie. The later I would extend to Frederick, Baltimore and Annapolis. I’m not great with VA beyond Springfield, Alexandria and Arlington but I’m sure VA people would have equivalent boundaries. One thing I will say is you only get to say you’re from DC if you are actually born in the District or lived their for years. I never say I’m from DC… I feel like it’s disrespectful to Washingtonians. You can say “DC area” or “metro” but you can’t claim DC.

  4. The DMV is DC and its suburbs only. It’s not Baltimore, or Richmond, or the eastern Shore or Western Maryland or Norfolk or Roanoke.
    Despite the one hateful poster, Baltimore is a beautiful, vibrant city and the pride of Maryland. Looking forward to DC becoming the 51st state.

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