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Vehicle Services

The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) provides vehicle registration (and inspection), tag, and permitting services to residents, businesses, and government entities so they may legally park, drive, buy, and sell their vehicles in the District of Columbia.

Vehicle Registrations

Vehicle Titles

Vehicle Tags

Parking Permits and Reciprocity Permits

Vehicle Inspections

Vehicle Insurance

Registration of Out-of-State Automobiles (ROSA)

Booted and Towed Vehicles

Disability Tags and Placards

Buying and Selling a Vehicle

Historical Vehicles

Note: The most common reason you may not be able to complete a DC DMV vehicle service transaction is insufficient or incorrect documentation. The documents that are most frequently submitted incorrectly are listed below. Check these out now to make sure you are ready to inspect, insure, title, and register your vehicle in the District of Columbia.

  • Altered Bill of Sale
  • No Occupancy Permit/Business License/Tax Registration
  • Incorrect/No Insurance Info
  • Unsigned Application
  • Incorrect Check Amount
  • Missing Power of Attorney
  • No Lien Contract/Lease Agreement
  • Altered/Unacceptable Documentation
  • No Transmittal Sheet Reflecting VIN
  • No Copy of Driver License/Non-Driver ID Card
  • Non-Corresponding Documents (Documents must have matching names, addresses, VINs, etc.)
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