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Obtain a Limited Purpose Driver License

In general, the steps to getting a DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license are:

  • Application
  • Documentation
  • Vision Screening
  • Knowledge Test
  • Road Test
  • Photograph
  • Fees
  • Mailing

Application

The first step in obtaining a Limited Purpose driver license or learner permit, is to print and fill out the driver license or identification card application form you can find at the link below:

DC DMV no longer requires an appointment to visit one of its service centers to obtain a Limited Purpose driver license. DC DMV will accept walk-ins Wednesday through Saturday at any service center. Tuesdays will remain by appointment only for those seeking to obtain a Limited Purpose credential. An appointment is required by everyone to take the road skills test, and walk-ins are not accepted. If you choose to schedule an appointment, you can schedule your appointment online at the link below:

Appointments are available at any DC DMV service center.  A list of DC DMV service centers is available at the link below:

Bring your completed application form and the rest of the required documentation to your appointment.

Documentation

You must bring documents that prove you are eligible for a Limited Purpose driver license. The documents required are listed below, and DC DMV will not accept any documents that are not listed:

You will need:

NOTE: You may not get a DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license if you have outstanding debts to the District or unpaid fines for traffic violations in other jurisdictions.

Vision Screening

DC DMV administers the vision screening test at the DC DMV service centers. You must pass the vision test to be issued a Limited Purpose driver license. More information on vision screening is available at the link below:

Knowledge Test

At the DC DMV Service Center, when you have provided your application form and other documents, you must take and pass a knowledge test. Information on the test is available at the link below:

If you do not currently have a valid driver license from DC or another jurisdiction, you will be issued a Limited Purpose learner permit after you take and pass the knowledge test.

Road Skills Test

When you have passed the knowledge test, you can schedule a road skills test. An appointment is required, and walk-ins are not accepted. More information on the road skills test is available at the link below:

Photograph

You must take a new photograph after every driver license, knowledge test, or identification card transaction you have with DC DMV. District law and policy requires a full frontal digital photo that will show either the ears, or up to the hairline without showing the hair.

Fees

Once your photo has been taken, you will pay the appropriate fee for your license. Information on DC DMV driver license fees is available at the link below:

Mailing

DC DMV will issue you a temporary, paper DC DMV driver license after you have completed the process and paid the fees. This temporary driver license will be valid for 45 calendar days; your actual license will be mailed to you within 10 business days. DC DMV does not mail licenses to PO boxes.

Check the mailing status of your license online at the link below:

NOTE: Drivers under the age of 21 who are obtaining a driver license are automatically enrolled in the GRAD Program. More information on the GRAD Program is available at the link below:

Renew a Limited Purpose Driver License

Your DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license will be eligible for renewal. Instructions for renewals are available at the link below:

Replace a Limited Purpose Driver License

If you lose your DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license, or it is stolen or destroyed, you may replace it. Instructions for replacement are available at the link below:

You may make certain declarations regarding organ donation on your DC DMV Limited Purpose driver license. Instructions for these designations are available at the link below:

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