Washington DC Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
As of 2015, motorists who want to obtain a motorcycle license in Washington, D.C. must successfully complete a motorcycle demonstration course within six months of applying. After taking the course, which must be approved by a U.S. state or jurisdiction, applicants must submit a certificate of completion to the DC Department of Motor Vehicles. Getting a motorcycle license also requires having a valid driver’s license and passing a knowledge test.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington, DC Motorcycle License

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes, motorcycle helmet laws in DC state that motorcyclists of all ages must wear a helmet when while operating a motorcycle. Motorists must select helmets that are approved by the Department of Transportation and meet safety standards. Motorcycle helmets typically have two main levels of coverage: full face and three-quarter. Motorcyclists should ensure that the helmet fits correctly and has no noticeable defects.

For more information: Washington DC Motorcycle Insurance

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
To obtain a car registration renewal in DC, motorists must have a valid inspection sticker and a cleared debt to the state. If you have an expired vehicle inspection, the DMV will issue you a temporary registration that will last five days. You must complete the inspection within that time, as another temporary registration will not be issued.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Yes, you may have a different address on your driver’s license and your vehicle registration. Your driver’s license should display the address of your current residence whereas the vehicle registration must simply include an accessible mailing address. In some cases, they are the same. However, that is not mandatory.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington, D.C.

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
If you have recently relocated to Washington, D.C., you must obtain car insurance coverage from a provider within the District. The DC car insurance company you select must have appropriate license to legally conduct business here. As such, you cannot keep your insurance from another state of residence. The minimum vehicle insurance in the state must include property damage liability, third party liability, bodily injury and property damage for an uninsured motorist.

For more information: Auto Insurance in Washington, D.C.

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
The Washington, D.C. DMV requires CDL license holders to complete the renewal process in person. Motorists can visit the Brentwood Commercial Driver License Center up to six months before the license expiration date to complete the CDL renewal process. If your license has been expired for more than 60 calendar days, you must retake the knowledge and road skills tests to obtain the license.

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
The DC DMV does offer certified and uncertified copies of driver records online. There are four types of records: 3-, 5- or 10-year histories in addition to full driver histories. To protect driver privacy, the DMV does not provide driving records over the phone. Applicants must submit their request online or via mail by providing information, such as a driver’s license number, full name and date of birth.

For more information: How To Order A State-Approved Washington, DC Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
To obtain a driver’s license in Washington, DC, you must visit your local DMV center in person and complete the written test. While there are some practice tests available online, the written test is only available in person. If you fail the knowledge test, you may not take it again until a full three calendar days have passed.

For more information: How to Apply For a Driver’s License in Washington, D.C.

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
There are two types of commercial driver’s licenses: interstate CDLs and intrastate CDLs. With the former, you may drive from one state to another without restrictions. However, the latter requires you to operate a vehicle within the borders of the state. With this in mind, you can only use your state CDL if you plan to operate in interstate commerce.

For more information: Apply for a Washington DC Commercial Driver’s License

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
A car registration renewal in Washington, DC is only available online and via mail. In both cases, you will need to provide proof of a valid vehicle inspection, valid driver’s license or ID card, current name and address on file, valid insurance policy and credit card. If you entrust someone with these required documents, then yes, they may complete the DMV car registration renewal for you.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

Do boats need to be registered?
Every vessel that operates primarily in DC waters must complete a boat registration. The DC Boat Registration Office manages boat registrations as well as renewals. Required documents to process the registration request include a completed application, an original bill of sale and a statement of origin. The fees include the title tax, title fee and registration fee, which varies depending on the size of the boat.

For more information: Washington DC Boater Registration

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
To ride a scooter or moped, residents must obtain a DC motorcycle license. You must be 18 years of age or older and already hold a District of Columbia driver’s license in the state. The next step is visiting a DMV center to complete the knowledge test and submit the necessary documentation.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington, DC Motorcycle License

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
When you receive a moving violation, you must generally pay a fine and get points added to your driving record. For a speeding ticket in DC, you are not required to attend traffic school. However, the DC DMV will determine whether you are eligible for traffic school to remove points from your record. If your violation is severe, you may not qualify for the course.

For more information: Washington DC Traffic Tickets

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
If you are relocating from Washington DC, you must obtain auto insurance in the state in which you plan to reside. Most states require motorists to obtain car insurance from a licensed provider to legally operate a vehicle. Maintaining continuous coverage is also usually required to keep your vehicle registered.

For more information: Auto Insurance in Washington, D.C.

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
The DC DMV does not require motorists to report their stolen or lost drivers license. However, this leaves you at risk of identity theft. As such, it is highly suggested that you file a police report as soon as possible. This will help protect you and your identity in the future. To replace your lost drivers license, you can do so in person, online or via mail.

For more information: Washington DC Driver’s License Replacement

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
If you have a stolen or lost car registration in DC, you must file a police report with the Metropolitan Police Department before obtaining a replacement. Once you have done this, you must visit your local DC DMV service location and present the documents. The report, along with your vehicle registration card and license, will allow you to replace your lost car registration.The last step in completing the process is paying the fee.

For more information: How To Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
If you are moving out of the District, then yes, you must return your DC license plate and registration sticker to the DMV. You can return them via mail and will receive a confirmation receipt shortly thereafter. It is important that you do not cancel your car insurance until receiving that receipt, as that will cause you to pay a fee for a lapse in insurance coverage.

For more information: Washington DC License Plates

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Taking a DC driver’s ed course is not mandatory to obtain a license. However, the DC DMV does encourage drivers to complete it, as it can be especially beneficial to novice drivers. Driver’s ed classes include classroom instruction as well as behind the wheel instruction to ensure that drivers are well prepared to face the road.

For more information: How to Apply For a Driver’s License in Washington, D.C.

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
If your car title in Washington, D.C. has suffered extensive damage, you are not required to turn it in. However, it’s imperative that you obtain a car title replacement as soon as possible. A title is one of the only ways to prove ownership of a vehicle. Without it or in the wrong hands, you may be at risk of fraudulent activity. To replace your title, you can do so online, in person or via mail.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington, DC

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If your DC car registration has extensive damage, beyond normal wear and wear, you must replace it. The DC DMV does not require motorists to turn in the damaged version. However, you must obtain a duplicate online by accessing the DMV’s website. You must provide your vehicle’s information such as the tag number and vehicle identification number (VIN). You must also pay a fee for the duplicate. Once you enter all the necessary information, you can submit it and expect to receive the duplicate within 10 business days.

For more information: How To Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
The DC DMV qualifies motorized scooters as motor-driven cycles. As such, you must register them. To register your scooter, you must provide proof of car insurance and a driver’s license. A scooter does not require a vehicle inspection. The initial registration fee cost is $30.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington, DC

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
A vehicle inspection in DC is necessary for all motor vehicles that operate on public highways. There are three types of inspections: emission inspection, visual catalyst inspection and gas cap test. The one you take will depend on your vehicle’s category, weight, model year and fuel type. To know if your vehicle qualifies for a DC vehicle inspection, you must contact the DC DMV.

For more information: Smog and Emissions Testing in Washington, D.C.

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
A suspended license in Washington, D.C. is generally due to a moving violation, failure to pay child support or driving record points. If you choose not to insure your vehicle, you will not be able to operate a vehicle on public roadways in DC, as it is needed to obtain a car registration. Failure to obtain car insurance will leave you unable to operate your vehicle as long as you live in the state. If you terminate your insurance after obtaining your registration, you will have to pay a fee for the lapse in coverage.

For more information: Save Money on Washington DC Auto Insurance

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
To get a veterans ID card, you must show that you were honorably discharged from service in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. You must also complete a form and submit your request in person at a DMV center. If this is your first time obtaining an ID card, you may have to provide additional documents such as proof of ID.

For more information: How to Apply for an ID Card in Washington DC

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
To obtain a D.C. driving manual, you may visit the state Department of Motor Vehicles website. There, you will find driver manuals for automobiles, commercial drivers and other types of vehicles. They are available in several languages other than English, including Chinese, French and Korean.

For more information: Washington, DC Driver’s License Manual

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
To pay your traffic ticket in Washington, D.C., you may do so online, in person or via mail. To pay online on the DC DMV website, you must have your ticket number and payment information readily available. Via mail, motorists must mail a check or money order along with the ticket number in the memo line. The in-person process requires that you bring your ticket with you and pay once you reach the information desk. If you cannot present your traffic or parking ticket, you must request a printout of the ticket to complete the process.

For more information: Washington DC Traffic Tickets

How can I renew my drivers license?
When your license is nearing its expiration date, you will receive a driver’s license renewal notice 60 days prior to the date. From there, you must complete the renewal via mail, online or in person by simply paying the fee. However, if you have an expired license of more than a year, you must retake the knowledge test or take the online traffic school course. If it has been more than 545 days since its expiration date, you must retake the road skills test as well.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
You will receive a car registration renewal notice 60 days before its expiration date. During this time, you must complete a vehicle inspection and pay any debt to the District to renew the registration. If the registration expires before you complete these tasks, you can obtain a non-renewable temporary registration that lasts five days. If you do not meet the requirements to obtain your registration online, you must do so by visiting your local DC DMV center.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
When you move to another state, you must have a car registration from that specific state. As such, you cannot transfer your registration. Before moving to a new state, you must cancel your vehicle’s DC car registration and surrender the tag. You can cancel the registration online. However, the tags must be returned in person or via mail.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington, DC

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To apply for a commercial driver’s license in Washington, D.C., you must visit a DMV center in person. To qualify, applicants must have a valid driver’s license and meet eligibility requirements linked to driving history, residency and identity. Once those requirements are met, applicants must prove their understanding of what having a CDL license entails. This entails successfully passing a knowledge and road skills test. After this step, you can obtain the CDL.

For more information: Apply for a Washington DC Commercial Driver’s License

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
There are three types of handicap placards that you can obtain. The one-week permit is available to motorists who have a short-term disability and do not require a certification from a doctor. For a disability that is expected to last eight years or less, the DC DMV offers the temporary placard, which requires a medical certification. Long term placards are for long term disabilities that severely impair your mobility. You can submit your handicap placard application online, in person or via mail.

For more information: Disability Placard in Washington, D.C.

How do I apply for a drivers license?
The first step to complete when applying for a driver’s license in Washington, D.C. is visiting a DC DMV center near you. You must bring proper documentation such as proof of identity and residence. There may be additional requirements depending on the type of license you are obtaining. Most licenses require applicants to successfully pass knowledge and road skills tests. Once all of these steps are complete, you must pay all applicable fees and take your photograph.

For more information: How to Apply For a Driver’s License in Washington, D.C.

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
Applying for a driver’s permit in Washington, D.C. requires meeting eligibility requirements, notably being over 16 years of age, and passing a knowledge test. Applicants can only complete the process in person at the DMV and bring documentation including proof of DC residency and proof of identity. There are two types of permits: real ID permits and limited purpose permits. The type of DC driver’s permit you get will depend on whether you have a Social Security Number.

For more information: How to Apply For a Driver’s License in Washington, D.C.

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
To apply for a DC motorcycle license, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver license. Applicants must also pass a DC DMV knowledge test and provide proof of having completed a state-approved motorcycle demonstration course within the preceding six months. The motorcycle license application is only available in person and requires a $20 payment. Other fees may also apply.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington, DC Motorcycle License

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To change the address on your DC car insurance, you must contact your insurance provider. Each provider has its own procedures to complete this process. Generally, applicants must provide proof of identity along with their new address to submit the request. In some cases, you may notice a rise in your car insurance rate as providers consider location when providing rates.

For more information: Save Money on Washington DC Auto Insurance

How do I change my address on my car registration?
There are three ways to perform an address change request: via mail, in person or online. You must notify the DC DMV of your change of address within 60 days of the move. The steps to change your address online include accessing the DC DMV website and providing information to verify your identity. By mail, you must provide proof of residence with two documents, a completed application form and the fee to the DC DMV with the note “Attn: Change of Address.” The DMV will require the same information for in-person requests.

For more information: Washington DC Car Registration Address Change

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
If you need to change the address on your commercial driver’s license in Washington, D.C., you can do so in one of three ways. Completing the process online via the DC DMV website is the most convenient. It requires that you provide proof of your identity and details on your old and new address. Via mail, you must submit two documents to prove your DC residency along with a completed application and the applicable fee. When completing an address change request in person, the same documents apply.

For more information: Drivers License Address Changes in Washington DC

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Notifying the DC DMV of an address change on your driver’s license within 60 days of the move is mandatory. To perform this task, you must first gather certain documents including proof of residency, a completed application and your payment method. From there, select how you will submit the DC address change request: in person, by mail or online. The process can take up to two weeks.

For more information: Drivers License Address Changes in Washington DC

How do I change my address on my ID card?
The address changing process is simple as it only entails completing a few steps. If you complete this task on the DC DMV’s website, you will need proof of residency, address, and credit card information readily available. To notify the DMV via mail, you must submit these documents along with a completed application and a money order or check. The in-person option is for applications who do not have a REAL ID or limited purpose credential.

For more information: Drivers License Address Changes in Washington DC

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Every DC car insurance provider operates differently. As such, they will each have their own procedure for you to change your name on your insurance. However, there are some general documents you will need including legal proof of the name change and proof of identity. Some providers allow policyholders to perform this task on the internet or via mail. Others may require an in-person visit. It’s important that you contact your provider as soon as possible to ensure your policy is up to date.

For more information: Save Money on Washington DC Auto Insurance

How do I change my name on my car registration?
To perform a name change on your car registration in Washington, D.C., you must first register the change with the Social Security Administration. Once that step is complete, you must visit your local DC DMV service center. The DMV requires that you provide documents including a certified marriage certificate, divorce decree or a court order document. You may also have to bring additional documents to submit the name change request including proof of ID and residency.

For more information: Car Registration Name Change in Washington, D.C.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The first step in submitting a name change request on your DC driver’s license is notifying the Social Security Administration. From there, you must gather a few documents to prove the name change such as a marriage certificate or court order document. Visiting a DC DMV service center to present the documents and pay the fee is the last step to change the name on your DC driver’s license.

For more information: Driver’s License Name Changes in Washington, DC

How do I change my name on my ID card?
When you change your name on your ID card, it is important that you notify all necessary institutions. The first institution is the Social Security Administration. Once you have notified them, you can complete the request with the DC DMV to ensure your records are accurate. To do so, you must provide proof of your official name change. Acceptable documentation includes a divorce decree and marriage certificate.

For more information: Driver’s License Name Changes in Washington, DC

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Registering your name change with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a free and simple process. You will first need to gather proof of your identity such as a birth certificate. You will also need to provide proof of the official name change, such as a marriage certificate or court order. The last required document is a completed application for a Social Security card. You can mail the documents to a local SSA office or submit it in person.

For more information: Driver’s License Name Changes in Washington, DC

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you believe someone has accessed your DMV driving record and you may become a victim of fraud, you must contact the DC DMV’s Office of Service Integrity as soon as possible. The first step is submitting a request via email to integrity.inquiry@dc.gov. Make sure not to include sensitive information in the email. Once the office receives your complaint, they will follow up with you to review it and take appropriate action.

For more information: How To Order A State-Approved Washington, DC Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
If you have a stolen car registration in DC, the best way to protect yourself is by filing a police report. The Metropolitan Police Department (MDP) allows residents to file reports online by using a tool on the department’s website. You must select the type of event they wish to report and provide details on the incident. Once you provide your contact information, you submit it to the MDP for review, which typically takes up to two business days.

For more information: How To Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
You can file a police report with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. This can be done online using the Online Reporting Tool. You can also call the department’s non-emergency number. Then, you can begin the process of replacing the lost car title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
In Washington D.C., driving record copies may be requested online, by phone or in person at any D.C. DMV service center. You can order a certified or uncertified copy of a 3-, 5-, 10-year or full-history driving record. You are required to bring or send in documentation with your full name, date of birth, Social Security Number, driver’s license number, photocopied proof of identification and check or money order. Fees to check a driving record depend on the type of record requested.

For more information: How to Order a State-Approved Washington D.C Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
You can request to replace an ID card online, by mail or in person at a D.C. DMV office. You must qualify to be able to obtain a duplicate ID. Your ID must be a REAL ID or Limited Purpose non-driver ID card in order for you to obtain a duplicate, otherwise you must upgrade your duplicate ID.

For more information: Renew and Replace ID Cards in DC

How do I get a hardship license?
Hardship, or limited occupational, licenses are offered in Washington D.C. for those who need to maintain a license for their livelihood. A certified letter with company stationary or letterhead must be provided by your employer to Adjudication Services. This can be completed online, in person or by mail. Within the application you must include your driver’s license number, day and hours of your employment, address of your employer and some additional information if requesting to operate a company vehicle.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Military personnel, who are located outside of the district, are able to replace a drivers license by mail or online. You may do this as long as your current ID is REAL ID compliant or is a valid Limited Purpose ID driver license. To obtain a replacement driving license by mail, military personnel can send in their application along with a check or money order to a DC DMV office.

For more information: Washington DC Drivers License Replacement

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
If you receive a traffic fines in DC, you can contest them as long as you do not pay the fine or penalty. You can request to contest the ticket by mail, in person within 60 calendar days or online. However, there are only seven defenses for parking violations that can be raised and dismissed in DC. You will need hard copies of your documents and evidence at the time of hearing.

For more information: Fighting a Washington DC Ticket

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
In D.C., driving records can only be released to other requesters who are not the driver if they have a written authorization from the driver. The driver’s representative, law enforcement, government entities, insurance companies and attorneys are the only requesters who can obtain another person’s records. Each must provide the driver’s name, date of birth and driver’s license or Social Security Number.

For more information: How To Order A State-Approved Washington D.C Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
Duplicate car registration can be requested online or in person at a DC DMV location. If you are completing the request online, you can only do so if you do not need to change your car registration address or name. However, you can accomplish a name or address change on your duplicate car registration in person.

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
A duplicate car title is available to vehicle owners whose title has been lost or stolen or the lien has been satisfied. For car titles that require changes, you may apply for a duplicate title online. This request can also be completed by mail or in person. For stolen or lost titles, you will need to complete a Certificate of Title application and provide valid photo ID, copy of driver’s license or ID card and the vehicle information.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
You may obtain a duplicate drivers license by mail, in person at a DMV service center or online. However, online services are only available to drivers whose licenses are REAL ID compliant or are valid Limited Purpose licenses, full licenses with conditions or provisional licenses. Otherwise, you must request a new license in person and provide additional documentation to acquire a REAL ID compliant license.

For more information: Washington DC Drivers License Replacement

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
To obtain a title for a salvaged car, the vehicle must pass several inspections. Insurance companies must first complete a damage settlement before you or the insurance company can apply for a salvaged car title. Also, the Metropolitan Police Department must carry out a safety and anti-theft inspection.

For more information: Save Money on Washington DC Auto Insurance

How do I obtain car registration?
Before you can obtain car registration in DC, you must first have proof of DC residency. You must also have your vehicle insured, titled and pass an inspection test. Then you must go to DMV center in person with your documents, application and funds to pay fees.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington DC

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
To reinstate a revoked drivers license, you must first pay your fines and wait out your revocation period which is at least six months. Then, you must attend a reinstatement hearing. You can schedule a request by mail or in person at an adjudication office. Once you pass the hearing, you must undergo the process of acquiring a brand new license including passing the knowledge and driving tests.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
If you were arrested and charged with a DWI or DUI following your refusal to submit a breath/urine/blood test, then you must first complete the revocation period and pay all necessary fees. Then you can request a reinstatement hearing to reinstate your revoked drivers license where you must provide proof of participation in a substance abuse course. After being cleared to receive a license you must complete the entire process of acquiring a new license.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
After paying your violation fees and completing your suspension period you can pay the reinstatement fee online or at any DC DMV center in person to reinstate your suspended drivers license. For less serious violations you may be able to have your license reinstated after paying the fees for the violation.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
Points can be removed from a driving record by completing an approved defensive driving course. However, you must first attend a hearing in which you will be approved or denied the ability to attend traffic school. You will have 30 days from the date of the hearing decision to complete the course and 15 days to pay your traffic violation ticket. Points can only be removed from a current traffic violation, not any previous violations.

For more information: Washington DC DMV Point System

How do I renew my driving permit?
Driving permits can be renewed online, by mail or in person at a local DMV center. If your provisional license is more than 365 days expired, but less than 545 days, and you have not received any traffic violations, you must pass the knowledge and road skills test and submit your 10-hour night driving certification form to receive a full license with conditions. If your permit is more than 545 days expired then you must submit your 10-hour night driving certification of eligibility form instead.

For more information: Applying for a Washington, D.C. New Drivers License (Under 18)

How do I renew my ID card?
You are eligible to renew a REAL ID or Limited Purpose ID card online if it expires within the next 60 days and you do not have to make any name or address changes. If your expiring ID card is not REAL ID or Limited Purpose ID compliant, you will have to renew your ID card in person and bring extra documentation to upgrade your ID to comply with new standards.

For more information: Renew and Replace ID Cards in DC

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Military personnel stationed outside of D.C. may renew drivers licenses online or by mail. You are only eligible for online or by mail renewal if your current driver’s license is a REAL ID or Limited Purpose license. You also cannot have recently changed your name or D.C. address.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
You must have a medical examination completed by a certified medical examiner and supply a U.S. Department of Transportation Medical Examination Report. You must also acquire a Medical Examiner’s Certificate Card. These documents must be submitted as hard copies when you renew your CDL license.

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
The process of renewing a motorcycle license is similar to renewing a drivers license because in D.C., driving license holders are awarded motorcycle endorsements rather than separate licenses. Therefore, you may renew your motorcycle endorsement online and by mail as long as your current license is a REAL ID or is Limited Purpose. If it is not, however, you can apply to renew in person. However, if your license is more than 365 days expired, you must pass the knowledge test or take an approved online traffic course.

For more information: How to Renew a Motorcycle License in Washington DC

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
To obtain a drivers license replacement if you are a non-U.S. citizen, you must follow the same process as a U.S citizen. These steps involve filling out a renewal application form online, by mail or in person and submitting payment for fees. As a non-citizen you may have to provide additional documentation such as proof of identity, your DC residency and Social Security Number.

For more information: Washington DC Drivers License Replacement

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
You can replace a lost drivers license online, by mail or in person at a DC DMV center. If you plan to remain out of state for a while you may apply for a replacement online or by mail only if your current license is REAL ID compliant. Otherwise, you will have to apply in person.

For more information: Washington DC Drivers License Replacement

How do I transfer my car title between states?
To complete an out-of-state car title transfer you must have all of your car documentation. This includes your current title or Certificate of Origin signed by both you and the previous owner, lien contract if applicable, a DC driver’s license, a bill of sale and the vehicle’s odometer reading. You must submit those documents along with a Certificate of Title or Temporary Tag Application and a method of payment.

For more information: How to Perform an Out-of-State Title Transfer in Washington DC

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
To transfer a lost car title, you must first acquire a replacement. You can visit a DC DMV center or mail in your Certificate of Title/Temporary Tag application, photo identification, vehicle information and vehicle Power of Attorney form if you are not the owner to a DC DMV. Your duplicate title will arrive in the mail within 10 business days.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

How do I transfer my car title?
To complete a car title transfer, you must provide proof to the DMV that you own the car. You must submit hard copies of the Certificate of Origin from the previous owner, your DC driver’s license, the vehicle’s bill of sale, valid Odometer Statement and the lien or lease contract to a DC DMV. Along with those documents, you must submit the application for a Certificate of Title and pay the appropriate fees.

For more information: How to Perform a Title Transfer in Washington DC

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
The procedure to transfer a title for an RV is the same as it is for a car. After you purchase an RV, you must submit the original certificate or Certificate of Origin, a Certificate of Title/Temporary Tag application, your DC driver’s license, an odometer statement, bill of sale and lien or lease contract if applicable to a DC DMV. You must also pay the appropriate fees at the time of application.

For more information: How to Perform a Title Transfer in Washington DC

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
Military members must obtain a motorcycle endorsement the same way other drivers do. Those seeking to be authorized to operate a motorcycle must first acquire their driver’s licenses. Then, they must pass the knowledge and motorcycle road skills tests. Alternatively, applicants can take and pass an approved motorcycle demonstration course in Maryland or Virginia.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington DC Motorcycle License

How does the DMV check my vision?
At the DMV a representative will determine the status of your vision by administering a vision test. During this test, you will look through a machine and read lines of letters and numbers aloud. If you fail the DMV vision screen, you must have your vision tested by an eye care professional and submit an Eye Report to the DMV.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington DC

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Young drivers who obtained their drivers permits at age 16 may graduate to provisional licenses after six months. They also must have passed the road skills and knowledge tests. Then, they must accumulate at least 40 hours of driving experience in one year before they can apply for a full drivers license with conditions. In total, it takes at least 18 months to graduate from a learners permit to full license.

For more information: Applying for a Washington, D.C. New Drivers License (Under 18)

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
All car title applications and processes take the same amount of time. New and replacement car titles take at least 10 business days to arrive in your mail. That is, 10 business days from the date that you presented all of the title application documents to the DMV.

For more information: Washington DC New Car Title

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
The length of your drivers license suspension depends on the severity of your violation and the amount of points assessed. Your license will be suspended at least until you pay your fine or 90 days if you have a mandatory suspension period. However, your license could be suspended for six months to one year.

For more information: Washington DC DUIs and DWIs

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
When first getting an ID card, you will receive a temporary one at the DMV which will be valid for 45 days. Your actual ID will arrive within 10 business days to your home address. The DC DMV does not send ID cards to P.O. boxes.

For more information: How to Apply for an ID Card in Washington DC

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The maximum number of points that DC drivers can accumulate on their records before they have a suspended drivers license is between 10 and 12. However, a suspension can also result from failing to pay violation fines regardless of the number of points accumulated.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
Since Washington D.C. does not offer traffic school services, drivers are referred to Virginia to attend authorized courses. In Virginia, drivers can be awarded up to five points for successfully completing a defensive driving course. They can only remove up to five points every 24 months.

For more information: Defensive Driving in Washington D.C.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
You are able to change your name on your registration documents for the same price whether you need to renew or replace them. Changing your name on your car registration will cost $20. However, you will need to visit the DMV in person to accomplish this.

For more information: Car Registration Name Change

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
Changing the information on your car title costs the same whether you are changing the information on a new, replacement or duplicate car title. The cost to change your name on a car title is $26. You cannot accomplish this online or through the mail, however. You must complete this change in person and bring a form of payment and documentation for your name change.

For more information: Washington DC New Car Title

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The price to process a name change at the DMV varies for each document you are trying to update. However, you can only do this once you name is officially changed and updated with the Social Security Administration. Then, you can proceed to change your name on your driver’s license, registration and title. The cost for each change is around $20.

For more information: Driver’s License Name Changes in Washington D.C.

How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
CDL licenses and regular drivers licenses are valid for the same length of time. They are valid for eight years before they must be renewed. The renewal process for your CDL, however, is more complex than renewing a drivers license since you must bring in all of your documents in person to the DMV.

For more information: How to Renew a Commercial Driver’s License

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
While you must renew your drivers license every eight years, you may renew before the expiration date. The DMV will send you a renewal notice 60 days before your license expires. However, if you renew after the expiration date you may have to retake pass the knowledge test.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
There are several documents that must be provided to the DMV to complete a car title transfer. These documents include the relative’s death certificate, an application for a new Certificate of Title and an assignment of title. You must also provide an authenticated copy of the small estate order, a trust agreement or authenticated copy of letters testamentary or administration issued to the decedent’s representative.

For more information: How to Perform a Title Transfer in Washington DC

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Yes, there is an additional fee for late car registration renewal in DC. A fine of $200 is charged for drivers whose registration is between one and 30 days expired. An additional $200 is charged every month that the registration is expired, up to $2,400.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
Filing a police report is not mandatory for stolen or lost car registration. Therefore there is no penalty or reward for doing so. You will still be required to pay all replacement fees.

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
For accidents that occur in DC, you are required to report property damage that requires more than $200 in accident coverage. You are not mandated to report property damage or personal injury liability to DC police or your insurance company if the damage is less than $200. For example, if an accident resulted in damage that required a door replacement, you would need to report this kind of damage.

For more information: What To Do After a Car Accident in Washington DC

If I live outside of the District for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Yes. In Washington D.C., any person applying for vehicle registration must at least have insurance liability. This coverage must be continuous. This means that if you still own and operate the registered vehicle, even outside the District, you are required to have car insurance year-round.

For more information: Save Money on Washington DC Auto Insurance

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
DC’s Email Ticket Alert Service (TAS) is the easiest way to find information about your traffic fines and lost tickets. You can also call or go to an Adjudication Services Offices to inquire about your ticket.

For more information: Washington DC Traffic Tickets

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
It’s important to replace a lost drivers license in Washington DC in order to continue driving legally. If you lose your license or ID, you can order a replacement easily online or by mail. In order to apply for a replacement online, you must provide your original license number and other verification information.

It is important to note that your duplicate drivers license will be mailed to the address that is currently on file. The DMV does not mail replacement documents to temporary addresses.

For more information: Washington DC Drivers License Replacement

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
If your license is confiscated due to a DUI/DWI infraction, you must complete the drivers license reinstatement process in order to restore your driving privileges. Depending on whether your license is revoked or suspended, this may involve different steps. For a suspended license in DC, you must pay a reinstatement fee. Revoked licenses require you to attend a reinstatement hearing, and then complete the application for a new license.

For more information: Washington DC DUIs and DWIs

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
Personalized license plates involve the same replacement process as traditional plates, though the replacement cost is $25 rather than $10. You must visit your local DMV office in person with the the required documents, including your valid registration card and license. You are also required to submit an official police report for lost or stolen license plates in DC in order to obtain new ones.

Filing a report will also ensure that you are not liable for any tickets attributed to the lost or stolen tag number.

For more information: License Plates in Washington D.C.

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
According to CDL license requirements in Washington DC, you must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid non-commercial license to apply. However, you may be eligible for an intrastate CDL if you are at least 18. Several other requirements are also involved, including the completion of certain knowledge tests and the submission of a medical certification. Additionally, your driving records will be thoroughly examined for any disqualifying actions.

For more information: Apply for a Washington DC Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
The process to renew a drivers license in Washington DC does not involve any age restrictions. Licenses can be renewed either online, by mail or in person up to 60 days before expiration, or up to 364 days after expiration. However, drivers who are 70 years of age or older are required to apply for drivers license renewal in person, in addition to meeting other requirements.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Your Certificate of Car Registration must be present in the car any time you are driving. In the event that you are pulled over, you must present this document to the officer or you may face consequences. If you need to replace car registration documents for your vehicle, applications are accepted online as long as your current name and address are already on file. Otherwise, you can apply for a replacement document in person at your nearest DMV location.

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
When you complete the DC drivers license replacement process, your new document is mailed to the address that is currently listed on file at the DMV. If this address is outdated or incorrect, you must apply for an updated document instead. According to DMV policy, you are required to change the address on your drivers license within 60 days of moving. This service is completed online, by mail or in person and involves a $20 fee.

For more information: Drivers License Address Changes in Washington DC

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
If you are 70 years of age or older, you are required to complete the renewal process in person. DC drivers license renewal requires proof of your identity, residency and Social Security Number along with your current license. In addition, you must submit a completed medical and vision form from a licensed physician.

For more information: Senior Drivers in Washington DC

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
You must complete a car title transfer in DC if you recently moved to the district. Otherwise, you are unable to register your vehicle with the local DMV. You are also required to transfer this document if you are buying or selling a used car within the district. This effectively transfers ownership of the vehicle. In order to complete this process, you must present the current title or a Certificate of Origin for the vehicle at the DMV.

For more information: How to Perform a Title Transfer in Washington DC

What are some violations that may constitute a suspended license?
There are several types of violations that result in suspension of your driving privileges. The most common reasons for a suspended drivers license in Washington DC include failure to pay child support or traffic tickets, DUI/DWI charges and obtaining 10 or more points on your license. The length of the suspension depends on the nature of the incident, with more serious violations leading to drivers license revocation for a minimum of six months. In order to restore your driving privileges, you must complete the necessary steps for reinstatement.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
In order to obtain a motorcycle license in DC, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Before a motorcycle endorsement is added to your license, you need to enroll in a third-party motorcycle demonstration course and pass the motorcycle knowledge test at the DMV. Make sure to obtain documentation for both to submit with your application. Once you complete both of these steps, you can pay the $20 fee to receive your M endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington DC Motorcycle License

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
There are six different types of CDL endorsements in Washington DC, which permit you to drive different types of vehicles:

  • H endorsement: for transporting hazardous materials
  • N endorsement: for operating a truck with a tank
  • X endorsement: combines H and N endorsements
  • T endorsement: for operating trucks with a double or triple trailer
  • P endorsement: for transporting 16 or more passengers
  • S endorsement: for operating a school bus with passengers

When you apply to get your CDL license, you must select the type of endorsement you want and pass the appropriate tests.

For more information: Apply for a Washington DC Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Driving with a suspended drivers license in Washington DC has serious consequences. Drivers charged with violating this law will receive 12 points on their license, which causes automatic revocation of driving privileges. Additionally, those caught driving while under drivers license suspension or revocation face up to one year in jail, and are also subject to a fine of $5,000.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

What are the different types of driving records?
You have the option to obtain a certified or uncertified copy of your records from the DMV at any time. The DMV provides records in the form of 3-, 5- and 10- year history reports as well as full history reports. To check a driving record in DC, you must submit a request either online, through the mail or in person and provide adequate proof of identity and pay the fee. Fee amounts depend on the type of record you request, as follows:

  • 3- or 5-year reports: $7
  • 10-year or complete reports: $13

For more information: Washington D.C. Driving Records

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
An initial non-driver photo ID costs $20 at the time of application. However, seniors, homeless residents and ex-offenders may obtain an ID at no cost. To renew or replace an ID card in Washington DC, payment of an additional $20 fee is required.

For more information: How to Apply for an ID Card in Washington DC

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
If your license becomes lost, stolen or damaged, it is necessary to apply for a replacement as soon as possible. The cost of drivers license replacement in DC is $20, which you must submit with your application. When you are ready, you can complete this process easily by mail, online or in person at a DMV office. Keep in mind that debit and credit card transactions may involve an additional service or convenience fee.

For more information: Washington DC Drivers License Replacement

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
In order to maintain driving privileges, underage drivers must abide by certain restrictions.According to DC learners permit rules, teen drivers are only permitted to drive between the hours of 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM. However, certain circumstances are considered exceptions to this rule, including:

  • When a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old is present in the vehicle.
  • For work, school, athletic or religious events.

For more information: Applying for a Washington, D.C. New Drivers License (Under 18)

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
One of the most important steps in how to get a CDL license in DC is the medical examination. If you are seeking this type of license, you are required to undergo an examination by a certified medical examiner.

After your examination, the physician will provide you with a Medical Examination Report and a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, which you must submit to the DMV. In order to maintain your CDL license, the DMV requires you to complete this process every two years.

For more information: Apply for a Washington DC Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
It is necessary to obtain a copy of your car registration in DC for a variety of reasons, including if the document becomes stolen, lost or damaged. In fact, it is also recommended that you report lost or stolen registration documents to the police in order to prevent any additional issues.

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
If you receive a violation that results in points on your permit, you may lose eligibility to move on to the provisional license.

Common reasons: driving during restricted hours without a licensed passenger who is at least 21 years old, or using a cellphone while driving.

If you have acquired any points on your permit within the last year, you are not eligible to apply for a provisional license.

For more information: Applying for a Washington, D.C. New Drivers License (Under 18)

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
In Washington DC, DUI and DWI charges are considered major moving violations. As a result, the penalties for convictions are severe, and vary based on the recorded blood alcohol level and number of previous offenses. First-time offenders can expect DUI consequences such as the following:

  • Accumulation of 12 license points
  • Automatic license revocation for six months
  • Jail time for a maximum of 180 days
  • A fine of up to $1,000

For more information: Washington DC DUIs and DWIs

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The fee to reinstate a suspended drivers license in DC is $98. However, before you can apply for reinstatement you must complete all other requirements outlined by the DMV and the court. This includes paying associated tickets, passing required traffic school courses and reaching the minimum period of suspension or revocation.

Then when you are ready to pay the drivers license reinstatement fee, you must provide a check, money order or credit card number to complete the transaction. Payments are accepted online, by mail and in person at the DMV.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
Annual DMV registration fees vary based on the weight and classification of your vehicle. In general, fees for different non-commercial vehicles are as follows:

  • Under 3,500 lbs: $72
  • Between 3,500 lbs and 4,999 lbs: $115
  • 5,000 lbs and over: $155

Alternately, initial registration for electric and hybrid vehicles have a reduced registration fee of $36. In order to complete the initial DC car registration process, you must visit the DMV in person with the necessary documents and fee payment.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington DC

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
To get a copy of a car title in DC, you must submit an application either online, in person or by mail. You can complete the process using the same application required to obtain a new title. In addition to providing the required documents with your application, you also need to pay the $26 fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
To get a copy of a vehicle registration in DC, there is a flat $20 fee. You must submit your payment along with your application for a duplicate document.

If you need another vehicle inspection sticker in addition to a duplicate car registration certificate, this is an additional $10. Likewise, tag replacement also involves a $10 fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
Fees for DC car registration renewal are generally the same as those involved in the initial registration process. For most non-commercial vehicles, the cost varies between $72 and $155 depending on the vehicle weight.

In addition to renewal fees, you must also pay for vehicle inspection on a regular basis. For privately owned vehicles, re-inspection is required every two years and costs $35.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
According to DC motorcycle endorsement rules, three-wheeled motorcycles have the same requirements as the two-wheeled version. This means you must have an M endorsement added to your license in order to operate this type of vehicle. To apply for a motorcycle license endorsement, you are first required to pass a motorcycle demonstration course and written knowledge exam.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington DC Motorcycle License

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Depending on the nature of your DC drivers license suspension, you may be eligible for a limited occupational license. This type of restricted license allows you to drive to and from work while your regular license is suspended. However, a limited occupational license is not provided for mandatory revocations or for CDL purposes.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
In order to receive a license, you are required to pass both a written knowledge test and a road skills test. Each test is $10 and is administered at your local DMV office. If you fail either DC drivers license test, you must you must wait at least 72 hours and pay the fee again to retake it.

Keep in mind that if you fail either the knowledge or the road skills test more than six times within 12 months, other restrictions apply. In both cases, you must wait one full year from the date of your first exam to try again.

To ensure that you pass the first time, consider taking a DMV practice test beforehand to prepare.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington DC

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
In order to apply for a DC learners permit you must provide documentation to prove your eligibility. In addition to your Driver License or Identification Card Application, make sure to bring the following with you to the DMV:

  • Proof of your Social Security Number
  • Proof of your age and identity
  • Two documents with proof of your local residence
  • Proof of parental consent, if you are younger than 18

You must also prepare to pay $10 fee for the written driver test, as well as the $20 permit fee.

For more information: Applying for a Washington, D.C. New Drivers License (Under 18)

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
When you are ready to apply for a DC motorcycle endorsement on your license, you must collect the following items for your DMV visit:

  • A completed Driver License or Identification Card Application
  • Your valid driver’s license
  • A Certificate of Completion from a motorcycle demonstration course
  • A printout that proves you passed the written knowledge test
  • The $20 fee payment

Keep in mind that you must provide a certificate from a motorcycle course taken within the last six months. Older certificates do not qualify you for an endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington DC Motorcycle License

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
When applying for a drivers license in Washington DC, you must present the following items at the DMV:

  • Your Driver License/Identification Card Application
  • Proof of your ability to drive, such as a valid permit
  • Proof of your Social Security Number
  • Two documents providing proof of residency
  • Proof of your age and identity
  • A signed medical certification and card, if you are 70 years or older
  • The $47 licensing fee

In order to complete the knowledge and road skills tests, expect to pay an additional $10 each.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington DC

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
To replace a lost car title in DC, you can apply online, by mail or in person using the following documents:

  • The Certificate of Title/Temporary Tag Application form
  • Valid photo ID
  • A copy of your valid license
  • Vehicle information, such as the vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • The $26 replacement fee

If you are not the current owner of the vehicle, you must also provide a document establishing vehicle power of attorney at the DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
To apply for a DC address change on any DMV records, you are required to present verification documents. This includes two documents that establish proof of your residency within the district. The documents you provide must be originals and list a valid local address. Examples of acceptable residency documents include:

  • Utility or telephone bills
  • Banking statements
  • A valid mortgage or lease agreement
  • Mail from an official government agency

Keep in mind that to complete an address change request using mail as proof of residency, the documents must be dated within the last 60 days.

For more information: Drivers License Address Changes in Washington DC

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you can apply for an address change in DC as long as you submit the following to the DMV:

  • Proof of identity, such as a Certificate of Naturalization or foreign birth certificate
  • Proof of your Social Security Number or a Social Security Number Declaration
  • Two proof of district residency documents
  • The Driver License/Identification Card form
  • The $20 address change fee

For more information: Drivers License Address Changes in Washington DC

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
When necessary, you can apply to replace your car registration online or in person. To order a copy of your vehicle registration card, make sure that you have access to the following documents:

  • The license plate number
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Proof of identity
  • Your valid license
  • The replacement fee of $20

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
To apply for DMV car registration in DC, you must complete the application and provide the following documents:

  • A valid license
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of vehicle inspection
  • Proof of insurance
  • The current title
  • The registration fee

The cost to get a car registration varies depending on the type and weight of your vehicle. For most non-commercial cars, expect to pay between $72 and $155.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington DC

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
When it is time to apply for car registration renewal, the process is completed by mail or online. To apply for renewal, you will need several documents, including:

  • A valid vehicle inspection sticker
  • The license plate number
  • Your license number
  • Your current address and contact information
  • Fee payment for renewal

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
To apply for drivers license renewal in Washington DC, you must prepare the following documents along with your application:

  • Your current license
  • Proof of residency in the district
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Proof of your identity
  • The $47 fee for renewal

If you are 70 years or older, you must renew in person and provide additional documents. Once you undergo the mandatory examination by a licensed physician, include the signed medical certificate and card with your renewal application.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
It is important to apply for a DC car title transfer if you recently moved to the district or purchased a used vehicle. In order to complete the process, make sure to prepare the following documents for the DMV:

  • The current title
  • Your valid license
  • The bill of sale
  • A valid odometer statement
  • A lien contract, when applicable
  • A lease contract, when applicable
  • The fee payment of $26

For more information: How to Perform a Title Transfer in Washington DC

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
The DC drivers license replacement process requires many of the same documents needed for a new license. Overall, the documents required include:

  • The license number on your original document
  • Proof of age and identity
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Proof of residency
  • The $20 fee for replacement

Applications for replacement are accepted online, by mail and in person. However, if you are unable to provide your original license number, you must apply at your nearest DMV.

For more information: Washington DC Drivers License Replacement

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
One of the first steps in how to get a motorcycle license in DC is completing the necessary exams. This includes a knowledge exam as well as a road skills test. The written knowledge exam is offered at local DMV offices for $10 and does not require an appointment.

However, the DMV does not offer road skills tests onsite. Instead, you must enroll in a motorcycle demonstration course with a third party provider, and present your certificate of completion with your application.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington DC Motorcycle License

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
To complete the car title replacement process, you need to fill out the Certificate of Title/Temporary Tag form and submit it by mail, online or in person. If your title was recently lost or stolen, it is a good idea to fill out a police report as well in order to prevent title fraud.

If you need to obtain a duplicate on behalf of the owner, you also need to complete the Vehicle Power of Attorney form.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
If you commit two serious violations within three years while operating a commercial vehicle, this results in a suspended CDL for a minimum of 60 days. Three or more offenses leads to suspension for at least 120 days.

In addition, if you lose your driving privileges for any reason while operating your personal vehicle, you also lose your CDL privileges.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
It is illegal to operate a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .04 percent. According to the CDL manual, first-time offenses result in automatic license revocation for a period of one year. After this time, you can apply to reinstate your suspended CDL license by completing the necessary steps. For a second offense, you lose your CDL eligibility for life.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Drivers License

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
As soon as you are issued a duplicate car title in DC, only this replacement document is valid. This means that the original document is considered void and cannot be used to establish vehicle ownership. If you find the original title, you are strongly advised to destroy the document or return it to the DMV. This helps to protect you from future title fraud or identity theft.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

What information does a driving record contain?
Your Washington D.C. driving record contains information on your driver’s license and your driving history. This includes your name, address and date of birth. Your license issue and expiration date, your license status and what endorsement you have is also listed. The DMV driving report details what kinds of permits you have been issued in the past. Additionally, your driving record contains a history of points assessed against your license, car accidents you’ve been in and traffic tickets issued to you. Withdrawals and suspensions of your license will also appear on the drivers record. The DC DMV offers certified and non-certified copies of your 3-year, 5-year, 10-year or complete driving record.

For more information: Washington D.C. Driving Records

What is an ID card?
An ID card is a card that serves as an official form of identification but grants no driving privileges. These ID cards help D.C. residents prove their address, identification and age for legal purposes. The District of Columbia has two available DMV ID cards – the REAL ID and the Limited Purpose ID. Real IDs meet federal standards and can be used to board domestic flights. Limited Purpose IDs do not meet standards set by the government and are solely for DC residents who do not have Social Security Numbers.

For more information: How to Apply for an ID card in Washington DC

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
A first-time DUI citation has a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a six-month revoked drivers license. Depending on the BAC or urine alcohol content (UAC) measured, minimum jail time ranges from no time to 20 days. A second DWI ticket comes with a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of one year in jail. Additionally, fines can range from $2,500 to $5,000, and a driver’s license can be revoked for a year. A third-time offense has a minimum of 12 days and a maximum of one year in jail. It also includes fines from $2,500 to $10,000 and a two-year license revocation. Fourth offenses and other subsequent offenses come with a minimum of 45 days and maximum of one year in jail, and fines between $2,500 to $10,000.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Driver’s License

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
If traffic cameras or the Metropolitan Police Department witnesses you performing a traffic violation, you will be issued a traffic ticket fine. Tickets range in cost depending on the severity of the crime and a driver’s history. If you run a red light, you will have to pay traffic fines up to $150. If you speed more than 26 miles over the speed limit, you will receive a $300 ticket. Traffic ticket fines range from $50 to over $300.

For more information: Washington DC Traffic Tickets

What is the cost to get a driver record?
Driving record fees vary depending on what kind of record you wish to order. 3-year and 5-year records, certified and uncertified, are issued for $7. Complete driving records and 10-year records, both certified and uncertified, are available for $13.

For more information: Washington D.C. Driving Records

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
A CDL driver who receives a DUI citation receives the same maximum fines and jail time as a driver with a regular license. However, CDL drivers also face an additional mandatory minimum five-day jail sentence for all DUI tickets. Therefore a first-time offense has a mandatory minimum jail time of five days. A second-time offense has a mandatory minimum of 15 days, and third-time offense has a mandatory minimum of 17 days. A fourth-time offense mandates at least 50 days in jail. Additionally, a driver with a CDL license is considered impaired with a BAC of 0.04, as opposed to 0.08.

For more information: Washington DC DUIs and DWIs

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
A minor caught driving under the influence is subject to numerous penalties by the DC Metropolitan Police Department. Underage drivers are subject to the same penalties as of-age drivers found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. A false ID or altered license used to obtain alcohol incurs an additional fine of up to $1,000 and another year of drivers license suspension. Additionally, parents determined to have aided minors in obtaining alcohol are subject to a $300 fine and 90-day drivers license suspension.

For more information: Washington DC DUIs and DWIs

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
The minimum liability coverage for car insurance required in the District of Columbia includes the following:

  • Property damage liability – $10,000 minimum
  • Third party liability – $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident

In addition to liability coverage, you are also required to carry uninsured motorist coverage.

For more information: Washington DC Auto Insurance

What is the passing score for a written test?
The written driver’s test issued by the Washington DC DMV includes 25 questions. Applicants must correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions to pass the driving test. There is a 60-minute time limit to complete the written test. If you fail the test, you must wait at least 72 hours to take it again.

For more information: Washington DC Practice Tests

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
The process for titling a scooter or motorcycle is the same as the processing for titling all other vehicles. Drivers should provide all the necessary documents required for registration to the DMV. This includes a current title or certificate of origin, a DC driver’s license, a bill of sale and a valid odometer statement. Additionally, drivers should expect to pay all standard title and registration fees. However, fees may be less expensive for smaller vehicles such as scooters and motorcycles.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington DC

What languages is the written test available in?
The DC written driver’s test is available in multiple languages to accommodate applicants who speak foreign languages. In addition to English, the test is available in Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

For more information: Washington DC Practice Tests

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
If your license was suspended as a result of a DUI, you must pay the appropriate reinstatement fee with the DMV. However, you cannot pay the reinstatement fee until a minimum amount of time set by the judge has passed. For example, if your driver’s license suspension was for three months, you cannot pay a reinstatement fee after one month and receive your license again. If your license is revoked as a result of a DUI, you must petition for a revoked driver’s license reinstatement hearing. You can do so through the DC DMV Adjudication Services office.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Driver’s License

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
If you do not perform an official address change with the DMV, you will not receive important notices and documents regarding inspections, licensing, vehicle registration, tickets and more. You will not be directly penalized for failing to submit an address change request. However, by failing to take action on documents mailed to the address on file, you may be subject to penalties and fines.

For more information: Driver’s License Address Changes in Washington DC

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired driver’s license?
If you do not renew your driver’s license, you will not be able to drive until your license is renewed. If you are caught driving with an expired driver’s license, you may be subject to penalties and fines. If your license is expired for more than a year, you must retake the written driving test or take an online traffic school course. Additionally, if your license is expired for more than 545 days, or 1.5 years, you must retake the written driving test and road skills test.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
According to the DC law, “proof of insurance” is defined as any documents issued by an auto insurance company listing your policy number, the names of the insured and the coverage period. This can include an insurance card or policy approval paperwork issued by the agency. Along with providing proof of auto insurance to register your vehicle, you must keep proof of insurance inside your vehicle at all times.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Washington D.C

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
When you register your car, you should receive your car registration stickers within a few days. However, if you do not receive them within two weeks or 10 business days, you should report it to the DMV. To report a missing registration tag or sticker, contact the District Call Center at 3-1-1 and have your driver’s license on hand to identify your registration.

For more information: What to Do if You Have Not Received Your Registration Sticker in Washington DC

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
If you have not received your renewed driver’s license in the mail, visit your local DC DMV office. Bring a receipt for the driver’s license renewal if you have it, and your current driver’s license or temporary paper driver’s license. You must carry the temporary paper license until you receive your renewed driver’s license. If you are caught by police officers driving with an expired license and no temporary license, you may be fined.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
When you apply for a learners permit, you will need to take a vision screening test and a written driver’s test. The vision test determines whether you will require mandatory accommodations, such as glasses, to drive. The knowledge test will question you on principals in the driver’s handbook. You can prepare for the knowledge test by taking the DC DMV driver’s ed course first.

For more information: How to Apply for a Washington D.C. Learner Permit

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
Before receiving a CDL license, you must pass skills tests and medical tests. You must take the CDL written drivers test and CDL road skills test. You may need to apply first for a CDL learners permit. Additionally, you must pass medical certification. You cannot hold a CDL license if you have certain conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes.

For more information: Apply for a Washington DC Commercial Driver’s License

What tests will I need to take for my driver’s license?
To obtain a driver’s license, you must meet all the testing requirements. That means you must pass a writing driver’s test, a road skills test and a vision exam. The written driver’s test includes information from the driver’s handbook, such as road signs and road markings. The road skills test is to determine your practical knowledge and ability to comply with the rules of the road. The vision exam determines whether you will be required to wear vision-correcting lenses or not while driving. You can complete all three at once at the DMV. However, if you have already held a learners permit or a driver’s license from another state, you will not have to retake the exams.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington DC

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The minimum auto insurance coverage required to drive in DC includes:

  • Property damage liability – $10,000 minimum
  • Third party liability – $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident
  • Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury – $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident
  • Uninsured Motorist Property Damage – $5,000 subject to $200 deductible

For more information: Washington DC Auto Insurance

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
If you do not need a commercial driver’s license and do not drive a motorcycle, you will need a standard driver’s license. In the District of Columbia, this is the Class D driver’s license with no additional endorsements. To obtain this license, you must pass the standard written drivers test, road skills test and visual exam.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington DC

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
All drivers in the District of Columbia are required to carry the minimum amount of auto insurance. Without insurance, you cannot register your car. If you cancel your car insurance policy after you register your car and continue to drive the vehicle, you may be subject to fines up to $2,500. Additionally, you may be required to surrender your vehicle tags. Failure to surrender your tags can result in more fines and penalties.

For more information: Washington DC Auto Insurance

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
When you can reinstate your licenses following a suspension period depends on the original court order. Some driver’s license suspensions come with a mandatory suspension period. If there is a mandatory suspension period on your driver’s license, you may not reinstate it until the end of that time frame. If there is no period of mandatory suspension, then you can reinstate your license by paying the necessary reinstatement fee. You can pay the fee online, by mail or in person at a DMV office.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Driver’s License

When does my car registration expire?
How quickly your car registration expires depends on the original registration period. At the DC DMV, you can register your car or renew your registration for one- or two-year intervals. Therefore, if you renew your car registration for one year, it will expire one year from your registration date. If you renew your car registration for two years, it will expire two years from the renewal date. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail 60 days before your registration expires.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

When does my ID card expire?
A REAL ID card is valid for eight years from the issue date for citizens. For non-citizens, an ID card expires at the end of the card holder’s planned stay in the United States. Once an ID card is expired, you must apply for a new card. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail 60 days before your ID card expiration date. You can renew an expired or near-expired card online, by mail or in person.

For more information: Renew and Replace ID Cards in DC

When must I change my address with the DMV?
If you relocate within the District of Columbia, you must update your address with the DMV within 60 days. If you do not, you may miss important documents in the mail, such as renewal notices. You can update your address online, by mail or in person. You will have to pay a change of address fee to complete the process.

For more information: Driver’s License Address Changes in Washington DC

When should I complete a bill of sale?
A bill of sale documents when a vehicle trades hands in a private sale. You must present it when you obtain a new title and registration for a vehicle. You should obtain a bill of sale anytime you are buying a vehicle from a private vehicle owner. Additionally, if you are selling a vehicle, you should be prepared to furnish a bill of sale.

For more information: Washington DC Bill of Sale

When will I need to renew my license?
A REAL ID driver’s license is valid for eight years from the issue date. You should renew your driver’s license before it expires. You can renew your license as soon as six months before the expiration date printed on the license. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail when the expiration date approaches.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
How quickly you receive a driver’s license replacement depends on a number of factors, including how you applied. If you request a driver’s license replacement by mail, it will take longer to arrive than if you had requested it in person or online. You will be able to use a temporary license certificate for up to 45 days while you wait for your duplicate license to arrive.

For more information: Washington DC Driver’s License Replacement

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
You can check the status of your driver’s license in a number of places. You can order a copy of your driving record to see the current status of your license. Additionally, you can verify the status of your driver’s license online on the DC DMV website.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Driver’s License

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
Ignition interlock devices are breath alcohol analyzers installed in the ignition system of a vehicle. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle if you have a history of driving under the influence. You can learn more about DC’s IID program at the Department of Behavioral Health or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: Washington DC DUIs and DWIs

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
When you receive a traffic ticket or parking ticket, the information is entered into an online database of traffic tickets. Drivers in the District of Columbia can sign up for the Ticket Alert Service online and receive notifications through text or email. Drivers can also log into the Ticket Alert System to check any traffic tickets registered to their account.

For more information: Washington DC Traffic Tickets

Where can I get a new driver’s license?
To apply for a new driver’s license, you must gather all the necessary documents and bring them to a local DMV office. However, the DC DMV does not accept walk-in applications. Therefore, before you visit a DC DMV, you should make an appointment to apply for a new driver’s license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Washington DC

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
To request a duplicate car title by mail, you must address your application to the DC DMV. First, you must gather all your necessary documents. Once you have them, mail your duplicate car title request to the following address:

DC Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 90120
Washington, D.C. 20090

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

Where can I obtain an ID card?
If you want an ID card from the DMV, you must apply in person at a DMV office. You can visit the DMV website to locate the DMV office closest to you. Before you visit in person, you can make an appointment online to skip the DMV wait line.

For more information: How to Apply for an ID Card in Washington DC

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
All registered motor vehicles must carry auto insurance in the District of Columbia. This includes automobiles, motorcycles and motorized recreational vehicles. Scooters and personal transportation devices do not require any sort of auto insurance coverage or registration. If you are caught driving without the necessary auto insurance, you may be subject to fines that increase over time.

For more information: Washington DC Auto Insurance

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
Teens younger than 18 years of age interested in obtaining a learners permit or drivers license must provide proof of permission. Either a parent or legal guardian must sign the Parental Consent Form required for drivers younger than 18 years of age. Other adults who are not legal guardians may not sign the form.

For more information: Applying for a Washington D.C. New Drivers License (Under 18)

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Although the DC DMV has an online database for parking and traffic tickets, they may not appear on the driving record right away. A DMV agent must input the ticket offense into your record. It can take up to a month for a traffic ticket to appear on a driving record. Therefore, you may have to wait a few weeks before the ticket appears on your driving record.

For more information: Washington DC Traffic Tickets

Will I be required to take a vision test for a driver’s license renewal?
In general, you do not have to take a vision test to renew a driver’s license. You only have to take a vision test to apply for a new driver’s license or learner’s permit. However, if you are 70 years of age or older, you will have to provide additional medical certification. After 70 years of age, you must renew your driver’s license in person and provide a vision report form from your physician.

For more information: Senior Drivers in Washington DC

Will I get a driver’s license renewal notice in the mail?
If your address is up to date, you will receive a driver’s license renewal notice in the mail. It will be mailed 60 days before your current driver’s license expires. If your address is not up to date, the renewal notice may not be sent to the correct address. Make sure to perform a change of address whenever you move to insure you get important documents such as renewal notices.

For more information: How to Renew a Washington DC Driver’s License

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
You may receive points on your driver’s license if you are issued a traffic ticket. How many points you receive depends on the severity of the offense. For example, if you receive a ticket for tailgating a vehicle, you may incur two points on your license. If you are charged with reckless driving, you may receive six points on your license. Some offenses, such as aggravated reckless driving, result in a 12-point accrual and automatic revocation of your license.

For more information: Washington DC DMV Point System

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
To reinstate your suspended driver’s license after a DUI, you must provide proof that you completed a substance abuse course. The DC Department of Behavioral Health hosts substance abuse courses for drivers. You cannot reinstate your suspended driver’s license without completing the substance abuse course.

For more information: Suspended Washington DC Driver’s License

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
You must have a copy of your car registration at all times. If you lose your car registration, you must complete the Online Registration Card Replacement request form online. The online request form can be found on the DC DMV website. You will receive your duplicate car registration in the mail within 10 business days. You will not have to fill out or submit a paper form to replace your registration card.

For more information: How to Replace a Washington DC Vehicle Registration

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
If you need a duplicate car title to replace a lost car title, you will need to provide documents to identify the vehicle. However, you will not need to provide proof of insurance to get a car title replacement. Instead, you must complete the Duplicate Title Information form. If your title is lost or stolen, you will need to submit a Certificate of Title application, photo ID, driver’s license and vehicle information. No proof of insurance is required.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Car Title in Washington DC

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
At least 60 days before your vehicle registration expires, you will receive a renewal notice in the mail from the DC DMV. If you have provided the DC DMV your email address, you will receive notice via email instead. You can renew your vehicle registration online, by mail or in person, depending on your circumstances. Additionally, if your registration expires, you can receive a temporary five-day registration card until your renewed registration is processed.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
No. Your vehicle registration is not connected to your birthday, and it will not expire during your birth month by default. Instead, it will expire one or two years from the date of registration or renewal. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail or by email 60 days before your vehicle registration expires.

For more information: Renew Your Washington DC Car Registration