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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 Title Fees

Title Fee
Title Information Request $7.00
Vehicle Title Only (New and Replacement) $26.00
Duplicate Title $26.00
Lien Recordation (if vehicle is financed) $20.00/Lien
Excise Tax  for Vehicle 3,499 lbs or less 6% of fair market value
Excise Tax for Vehicle 3,500 lbs - 4,999 lbs 7% of fair market value
Excise Tax for Vehicle 5,000 lbs or more 8% of fair market value
Excise Tax for Hybrid Vehicles 0%

Credit Cards

DC Government accepts VISA and MasterCard. DC Government does not accept American Express and Discover credit cards.

Excise Tax

Information on the excise tax for DC titles can be found at DC Official Code § 50-2201.03. Many vehicles are exempt from DC excise tax. Review our excise tax exemption list [PDF]. Rates are applied to the fair market value (as defined by the current National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Business Guide for the Eastern Region) of the vehicle at the time of application (reference 18 DCMR §401.16). Obtain an estimate of the excise tax by using the online excise tax calculation tool.

Fair Market Value 

Fair Market Value for calculating excise tax on used cars is based on the value indicated in the current National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Business Guide for the Eastern Region (reference 18 DCMR §401.16). If the NADA guide does not provide the fair market value for a particular vehicle, applicable bill of sale shall be used.

 Hybrid Vehicle Excise Tax Exemption

District of Columbia legislation limits the hybrid vehicle excise tax exemption to those vehicles which achieve 40 miles per gallon (mpg) during city driving.

The original purchaser (as denoted by the Manufacture Certificate of Origin) of a qualifying hybrid or clean fuel vehicle will be eligible for an excise tax exemption and a reduced registration fee for the first period of registration. Subsequent purchasers of the same vehicle will also be eligible for an excise tax exemption; however, they will not be eligible for a reduced registration fee.

Please refer to the website, for a list of the vehicles which meet the 40 mpg criteria, and therefore, are eligible for the DC excise tax exemption/reduced registration fee.