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Inspection Station


1001 Half Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024


311 or (202) 737-4404




Effective first Tuesday of September

Vehicle Inspections

Sunday:          Closed
Monday:          Closed
Tuesday:         7am - 3pm
Wednesday:   8am - 3pm 
Thursday:       7am - 3pm
Friday:            7am - 3pm
Saturday:       7am - 3pm

Child Car Seat Fittings 

Effective Tuesday, May 15, the Inspection Station will offer FREE child car seat installs and inspections five (5) days a week during business hours!

Directions to the appointment line.               


Effective first Tuesday of June

Vehicle Inspections

Tuesday:         6am - 2pm
Wednesday:   7am - 2pm 
Thursday:       6am - 2pm
Friday:            6am - 2pm
Saturday:       6am - 2pm


Child Car Seat Fittings

Effective Tuesday, May 15, the Inspection Station will offer FREE child car seat installs and inspections five (5) days a week during business hours!

Getting There

 Waterfront-SEU & Navy Yard Metro Stations


 Metro Bus Accessible


 Wheelchair Accessible


 Limited On-Site Parking – No Fee

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Inspection Services Provided at this Location

Availability Inspection Service
Scheduling Available Online Non-Commercial Vehicles
Scheduling Available Online Commercial Vehicles
Scheduling Available Online Taxicabs and Limos
Scheduling Available Online Child Car Seat Fittings
Not Online Senior Citizen Priority Service
Not Online Code Red Days



Best Time to Visit this Location

The best times to visit the inspection station are Thursday or Friday from 8:30 am – 10 am and 1:30 pm – 3 pm.  You may also schedule an appointment online; however, an appointment is not required.  The link for scheduling an appointment is below:

Customers are advised Tuesday and the days before and after a holiday are especially busy. Other busy hours to avoid are the first hour of opening and during lunch times 10 am - 1 pm.

Also note:

  • Senior citizens are expedited when they arrive at the inspection station. They should proceed to front of line and let inspection station employee at the gate know they are senior.
  • Although vehicle inspections are conducted on a first come, first served basis during normal hours of operation, appointments may also be scheduled in advance using our online Inspection Station Appointment Scheduling System. An online appointment will allow you to proceed past the inspection station gates and be queued into an inspection station lane.
  • DMV does not require safety inspections for private passenger vehicles. All vehicles will still be required to pass federally mandated emissions inspections every two years. Commercial, taxi and limo vehicles will still be subject to both safety and emissions inspections.
  • Vehicle inspection fees and late inspection fines are not paid at the Inspection Station, but are paid at the time of vehicle registration.
  • Vehicles smoking excessively will not be inspected.
  • Please do not bring pets to the inspection station.
  • Vehicle mileage at the inspection station is recorded to the nearest thousand by rounding down. This is an industry standard.
  • Once an inspection sticker is removed from the windshield, it will display "VOID". Since it is illegal to display a voided sticker, if your windshield is replaced, please proceed to the Inspection Station for an inspection sticker replacement. A fee is required for the sticker replacement. Please note that a new vehicle inspection sticker does not say "VOID."

Please note some Online Services are only available after an initial visit to the DMV. Vehicle registration renewals may only be done online, by mail or using our dropbox service; in-person registration renewals has been eliminated.


Payment Options for this Location

  • Money Order
  • Check
  • Credit / Debit Cards
    • MasterCard
    • Visa
    • American Express
    • Discover
  • The inspection fee is not paid at time of inspection, but it is paid at time of vehicle registration.  The link below has the inspection fees: