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Motor Vehicle Service Delivery: Analysis of Idaho’s Model and Policy Alternatives

A report published by IPI analyzes Idaho’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) service delivery model, compares it to DMV arrangements in other states, and considers potential policy alternatives by conducting surveys of front-line agents in Idaho and DMV administrators in other states, as well as interviews of officials in counties and other states. The report discusses the benefits and challenges of Idaho’s arrangement and other service delivery models. The state’s current arrangement enables local access, flexibility, and autonomy, but it also leads to a lack of standardization, blurred responsibilities between state and county decision-makers, funding challenges, and unnecessary layers in delivering DMV services. Each service delivery model features tradeoffs: more centralized arrangements typically enable more standardization and economies of scale but come with fewer points of access, while less centralized ones grant more local access but create inconsistencies in service delivery. Private partners can expand DMV access and ease of use but can also widen inequities and require oversight from the state agency. Finally, policy options are identified for Idaho’s framework that relate to communication, revenue, planning, and access.