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April 19, 2021 DC DMV Service Update: All Service Centers, Adjudication, and Deanwood CDL remain by appointment only.
Effective June 1, 2021, RPP fees will increase.

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Selling a Vehicle

When you sell a vehicle in the District:

  • Remove your license tags from the vehicle and return them to DC DMV either in person or by mail. If you do not, you may be liable for any traffic violations committed while your tags remain on the car. More information on surrendering your vehicle tags is available at the link below:
  • Surrender Tags
  • Provide the new owner with the properly signed title. If the vehicle is being sold to another District resident or a DC dealership, the existing vehicle inspection sticker is still valid until it expires.
  • The buyer will need to visit a DC DMV service center to obtain a temporary DC registration to take the vehicle through inspection once you remove your license tags. More information on vehicle registrations is available at the link below:
  • Vehicle Registrations
  • If you have more than 6 months remaining on a vehicle registration, and you do not plan to transfer the registration to another vehicle, you may request a refund of the unused portion (in 6 month increments) of the registration from DC DMV. Parking permit and inspection fees cannot be refunded.
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