What you need to know about MVD
First, you must understand that the MVD process is, for the most part, separate and distinct from what will happen to you in the courtroom.
Second, be aware that MVD is literally “King of the Road.” This is where it gets confusing: you will run into circumstances where, for example, the court will enter an order telling you that you have to have an interlock ignition device on your vehicle, but it is MVD that administers installation and maintenance of the interlock.
Confused yet? That’s normal. Think of it like this: the legislature told MVD that it is MVD’s duty to ensure the safety of Arizona’s roads. MVD then created a system of rules and procedures to ensure that drivers are safe and compliant with MVD rules.
In addition to MVD rules, the Arizona criminal courts also have authority to take away, limit, or restrict your driving privileges as punishment for criminal violations. When this occurs, the court issues what is called an “MVD abstract” —an electronic transmittal to MVD with instructions on what to do with a driver charged with criminal violations and their license if convicted. For example, if you have committed a DUI but MVD has not taken any action on your license, the court will order MVD to suspend your license upon conviction.