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Convert an Out-of-State License
A licensed driver who moves to the District from another jurisdiction is required to convert their out-of-state driver license to a DC driver license if residing in DC for more than 30 days. A DC driver license is valid for up to eight years for US citizens and may vary for non-US citizens depending on visa classification. The knowledge and road skill tests are required, if your out-of-state drivers license has been expired for more than 90 days.
The former license must be relinquished to obtain a DC License. If you do not have your out-of-state license in your possession, we will accept a certified driving record (issued within the last 30 days) reflecting the license is in good standing and not expired for more than 90 days.
Non-US Citizens may be eligible for a DC driver license if they meet eligibility requirements.
The Patriot Act, Public Law 108-458, National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 does NOT allow for social security numbers to be displayed on driver licenses or identification cards.
- You are a resident of DC
- You have no outstanding debts to the District of Columbia or unpaid fines for moving traffic violations in other jurisdictions
- You must provide documents from all of the following categories:
To obtain a learner permit, you may visit any service location except the Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.
- Complete the Driver License Application [PDF]
- Provide the required documents
- Take and pass the vision screening test
- If you are trying to convert your foreign driver license*, you must also take a written knowledge test
- Take a photograph (DC law and policy requires a full frontal digital photo that shows either the ears or up to the hairline without exposing the hair)
- Pay the appropriate fees
- Relinquish your out-of-state driver license
- Obtain your DC driver license
Converting a non-English License
If you possess a non-English language driver license from a foreign country, you must attach an English translation from your embassy or from a certified translator. The embassy translation must be on official embassy letterhead. The date of the translation must be on or after the actual date of the non-English language driver license. Certified translator copies must have a certification stamp