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Driver Improvement Services

The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles provides driver improvement services at all DMV Service Centers.

To schedule driver license hearings, such as "show cause" hearings for serious moving violations which include: driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving while under the influence (DUI), operating while impaired (OWI), leaving the scene of an accident (LAC) etc, you must visit Adjudication ServicesAdjudication Services also schedules misrepresentation hearings and reinstatement hearings. All hearings will be conducted at Adjudication Services.

Customers with suspensions or revocations (i.e., revocations resulting from points on your driver record) may visit any DC DMV service center for clearance and pay a reinstatement fee.  If visiting in person, you will also be required to show proof of ticket payment or dismissal.  You may be eligible to reinstate your driver license or privileges online.  Note that if you are revoked due to a major moving violation, then you must have a reinstatement hearing at Adjudication Services prior to reinstatement.

Requests for limited occupational licenses [PDF] or restricted driver licenses must be submitted in writing to Adjudication Services. If approved, you may visit any DMV service center to obtain your limited occupational or restricted license.

If you have been approved to attend traffic school by another state/jurisdiction, you may visit any service center to provide the documentation to have points removed for the violation or you can mail your request to

PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090-0120


Additional Information About Driver Improvement

You cannot schedule a driver license hearing over the telephone or online

Since documents need to be reviewed to make certain the driver is eligible for a hearing, driver license hearings may not be scheduled over the telephone or online. The hearings can be scheduled at Adjudication Services or you can mail your request to

DMV Driver Improvement Office
PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090

Rescheduling  a driver license hearing

You may submit a request at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the date of the hearing in person at Adjudication Services. Emergency requests for continuances are handled on a case by case basis.

Someone else may pay your reinstatement fee

Someone else may pay your reinstatement fee for you as long as you provide a notarized statement authorizing payment.

Reinstatement fee cannot be by telephone

You can pay the reinstatement fee at any DMV service center.  You may also be eligible to reinstate your driver license or privileges online.

Obtain a Copy of Your DC Driver Record

You may obtain a driver record online or visit any DMV service center.  Note if you require a certified record, then you must visit in person.  Only uncertified records can be obtained online.

You must satisfy all of your outstanding parking, photo, and moving violations in order to be eligible to reinstate your driver license or privilege

Because you are restoring or reinstating your driver license or non-resident driving privileges, all stops on your driver record, including outstanding tickets, must be paid in order to process your reinstatement.

Clearing "Stops" on the National Driver Registry (NDR)

A driver must reinstate his or her driver license or non-resident driving privileges in the state that has entered the stop on the National Driver Registry. The reinstatement will update to the National Driver Registry and clear the stop for tickets issued in the District of Columbia. The update will occur within twenty-four (24) to seventy-two (72) hours after the reinstatement fee is paid.