New District Residents - How to Complete Your DMV Transaction in One Visit
Minimum Age of 17.
You must have held a valid Provisional License for at least 6 months.
You must not have admitted to, been liable for, or convicted of an offense for which points may be assessed for at least 12 consecutive months.
To contest a minor moving violation, your request must be received within 60 calendar days from the date of the ticket. However, if you do not schedule a hearing within 30 calendar days a penalty equal to your fine will be added and your driving privileges may be suspended.
To improve customer service, DMV is collecting additional information both online and in-person. The language preference information consists of your primary language.
The International Registration Plan (IRP) is an international highway program designed for the licensing of heavy (>26,000 pounds) commercial vehicles that travel in two or more jurisdictions. A jurisdiction may be a state, the District of Columbia, or a Canadian province.
Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Learner Permit and a Limited Purpose Learner Permit.
Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Credential and a Limited Purpose Credential.
Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Non-Driver Identification Card and a Limited Purpose Non-Driver Identification Card.
Non-US Citizens may obtain a DC drivers license if they have a minimum of six (6) months duration of stay in the United States. The DC drivers license will expire with the US duration of stay.
(Note this webpage is only applicable to DC residents who have never been issued a provisional driver license in any jurisdiction. If you are seeking information related to the REAL ID process when renewing or obtaining a duplicate of your existing DC provisional license, please click
You must complete the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission (DCTC) License Application [PDF]. Taxicab and limo owners can obtain or renew a DCTC license for their vehicles at the all DMV service centers.
Motor carriers, chartered buses (including chartered shuttle buses), and other vehicles which fall under the definition of apportionable vehicles (see IRP section) but are not apportioned or fully registered in the District of Columbia, may
A contractor may be issued a temporary parking permit when a resident in a residential zoned neighborhood requires home renovations or repairs. The contractor's vehicle must display commercial tags in the company's name. The parking permit is issued at no charge.
A DC resident new car permit may be issued when a resident in a residential zoned neighborhood purchases a new (or used) vehicle from a dealership and receives temporary tags from the dealership to use while the final paperwork is being processed with DMV.