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Online Registration of Out-of-State Automobiles (ROSA)

What is ROSA?

ROSA stands for registration of out-of-state automobiles.  Automobiles housed in the District of Columbia for 30 consecutive days are required to be registered and display a valid DC inspection sticker and tags when parked or operated on public space. The Department of Public Works monitors for automobiles not in compliance with DC registration requirements. If an automobile has been observed a second time within a thirty-day period, a warning notice may be issued indicating the automobile is eligible for the issuance of a citation and/or impoundment.

Who is Eligible?

Recurring visitors who have been issued a warning notice for determination of proper license registration and provide DC DMV with all required documents and complete the online ROSA exemption application are eligible for ROSA exemption.    

What Documents are Required?

The required documents include:

1)      A copy of the warning notice issued to the vehicle in question

2)     Your original lease, deed or mortgage statement

3)     A current utility bill (issued within 60 days)

4)     Your valid registration card for the vehicle in question

 

If you reside with someone and the lease, deed, or mortgage statement is not in your name, you must provide all of the following as proof of non-DC residency:

1)      A copy of the warning notice issued to the vehicle in question

2)     A statement from the individual attesting to the fact that you reside at their home

3)     A copy of the individual’s original lease, deed or mortgage statement

4)     A copy of the individual’s current utility bill (issued within 60 days)

5)     Your valid vehicle registration card for the vehicle in question.  The registration card must reflect the same address that is on the individual’s original lease, deed, or mortgage statement, and utility bill

How Do I Apply?

Apply for a ROSA exemption online

Additional Information

Temporary residents (more than 30 days) must register their vehicles or apply for the reciprocity permit.

Warning notice or ticket for failure to register in the District of Columbia must be issued prior to issuance of a ROSA exemption.

Once approved for a ROSA exemption, your vehicle license tag number will be entered into the District's ticket management system.  The exemption applies to ROSA enforcement only.  All other parking regulations still apply, such as residential parking.  You will receive a receipt for your records indicating the exemption expiration date (365 days).

If you receive a ticket for failure to secure DC tags, you may contest the ticket online, by mail, or in person. You must present the same documents listed for obtaining the ROSA exemption.

After the one year exemption period, if you receive another warning notice, you may repeat the exemption process above.

A ROSA exemption is not a parking permit, and it does not exempt a vehicle from DC parking regulations. For example, vehicles with ROSA exemptions are still subject to all Residential Parking Permit (RPP) restrictions in effect at the location where the vehicle is parked.

Similarly, a Visitor Parking Pass is not related to the ROSA program, and the use of a Visitor Parking Pass to allow a vehicle to avoid RPP time limits will not exempt that vehicle from ROSA requirements.