What Places Are Considered Part of “The DMV” ?

by MCS Staff

By Tom Merritt and Alicia Clanton

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 the map in our featured photo that shows a general opinion of what people think the DMV actually consists of. Below 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., including:

• 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

– “If your county has a metro station in it, it’s in the DMV” was a very popular response that many agreed with.

– 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 even places as far out as 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.



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Jay December 5, 2022 - 11:34 pm

Its the Metropolitan area. If you have a Metro stop then you are in the DMV. Baltimore is like entirely different state if you ask us.

Helen Williams December 13, 2022 - 12:15 am

The DMV is defined as the people of the DMV area who appreciate the qualities of the DMV, especially the people who may have come to the DC area for a career, but purposefully embrace the DMV ethos. Grew up and went to HS in Laurel, MD, kind of the DMV, but my dad worked at Ft. Meade which is not the DMV. I vacationed in Rehoboth Beach as a kid, but that wasn’t really the DMV, I attended the US Naval Academy, in Annapolis, as a midshipman, which has many DMV aficionados, but is not, itself, the DMV. Lived as a civilian in Laurel as an adult and worked in Baltimore, definitely not the DMV. Spent time in the nightlife of some Dupont Circle and Georgetown establishments, not the DMV either. Going to the Eastern Shore, to someone’s house in the summer and eating crabs by the bushel, that is the DMV. Sailing, on a friend’s modest boat and swimming in jellyfish infested waters, that is the DMV. Eating fresh cantaloupe and waterskiing at dawn after tent camping the night before, on the Indian River, and learning the Electric Slide from your new friends at a family reunion at the same property the same afternoon, that is the DMV. Too bad I’ve lived in California for 30+ years, I miss the DMV.

Steve Holowchak December 20, 2022 - 7:17 pm

Laurel city is in northern PG county but Laurel also encompass Anne Arundel and Howard county which is in the Baltimore designated area. I have lived in Laurel all of my life 57 years and I never have used the term Dmv

Steve Holowchak December 20, 2022 - 7:23 pm

Laurel city is in northern PG county but Laurel also encompasses Anne Arundel and Howard county which is the Baltimore metro I have lived in Laurel all of my life and have never used the term dmv


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