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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Bogus websites masquerading as the Motor Vehicle Division are stealing customers' money and identities, the Arizona Department of Transportation warned Wednesday.

The MVD emphasized the sites are falsely advertising motor vehicle services for Arizona driver's licenses, IDs, vehicle titles or registrations. The fraudulent websites appear in a search with keywords such as MVD or DMV. 

The scams are illegally obtaining credit card numbers and charge credit card accounts for unauthorized, bogus services and for services that will not be conducted, state officials said. The captured credit card information may also be used for future fraudulent purchases and charges. 

Consumers should also be cautious about phone solicitations. ADOT's Motor Vehicle Division doesn't conduct phone solicitations for driver's license or title/registration services.

In Arizona, ServiceArizona.com is the only valid, authorized website for all MVD transactions. MVD customers can use ServiceArizona.com to research information or conduct transactions including:

  • Applying for a duplicate driver's license and driver license reinstatement.
  • Performing registration renewals.
  • Purchasing specialty/personalized license plates.
  • Updating personal contact information.
  • Obtaining a copy of a driver's license or vehicle record.
  • Procuring a vehicle fee recap.
  • Registering to vote. 
  • Checking a vehicle identification number (VIN) for liens or other record alerts before purchasing a used car.

Arizona doesn't allow the issuance or renewal of a driver's license over the Internet. An applicant must visit a local MVD or authorized third-party office.

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