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UPDATE: All DC DMV locations will be closed Thursday, November 23, 2017 AND Friday, November 24, 2017 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. All scheduled ticket hearings on Nov. 24 will be rescheduled and customers will be notified by mail. Also, customers with scheduled inspection appointments on Nov. 24  will receive an email with rescheduling instructions. Normal business hours will resume Saturday, November 25.

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Vehicle Inspection Fees

All Vehicle Inspection Fees are collected at the time of vehicle registration and registration renewal. Depending on your registration date, you may have already paid for the inspection or will pay upon your next renewal.

Note: The Inspection fee includes two free re-inspections, if required, during the 20 day period of the failed inspection sticker.

Reinspection Fees and Late Fees

Reinspection fees (for re-inspections required after the 20 day failed period) and late fees are collected at the time the registration is renewed.

Vehicle Inspection Fee
New Vehicle Inspection Sticker
for Privately Owned / Not For Hire Vehicle
$10.00/4 years
Privately Owned / Not For Hire Vehicle $35.00/2 years
(includes 2 reinspections within 20 days)
Taxis $70.00/1 year
(includes 2 reinspections within 20 days)
Commercial Vehicles $35.00/1 year
(includes 2 reinspections within 20 days)
Inspection Late Fee $20.00 per each 30-day period or portion thereof
(capped at $480.00)
Reinspection Fee $35.00
(Applies after expiration of original 20-day reinspection period or if more than 2 reinspections are required, a $20.00 Late Fee will also be charged for being late.)
Inspection sticker replacement $10.00

Payment and Credit Cards

  • DMV accepts payments in the form of cash, check, money order, or credit card.
  • DC Government accepts VISA and MasterCard credit cards. DC Government does not accept American Express and Discover credit cards.
  • All outstanding debts (child support payments, outstanding tickets, and dishonored checks) to the DC Government must be satisfied before completing most of your DMV transactions.