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DC DMV’s online appointment scheduler will be temporarily down for emergency maintenance beginning at 11:30 am on Tuesdays. Service will be restored by 12 pm.
All Service Centers, Adjudication Services, and the Brentwood CDL Office are operating on an "Appointment Only" basis.

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Inspection Station

Inspection Station DC DMV

The Inspection Station is currently operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online appointments are not being accepted at this time.


1001 Half Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024


311 or (202) 737-4404


Fall/Winter Vehicle Inspection hours are effective the first Tuesday of September.

Day Time
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 7 am – 3 pm
Wednesday: 8 am – 3 pm
Thursday: 7 am – 3 pm
Friday: 7 am – 3 pm
Saturday: 7 am – 3 pm

Spring/Summer Vehicle Inspection hours are effective the first Tuesday of June.

Day Time
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 6 am – 2 pm
Wednesday: 7 am – 2 pm
Thursday: 6 am – 2 pm
Friday: 6 am – 2 pm
Saturday: 6 am – 2 pm

Child Car Seat Fittings

The Inspection Station offers free child car seat installs and inspections during business hours.

Getting There

  Waterfront and Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro Stations

  Metro Bus Accessible

  Wheelchair Accessible

  Limited On-Site Parking – No Fee

Services Provided at this Location

Inspection Service
Non-Commercial Vehicles
Commercial Vehicles
Taxicabs and Limos
Child Car Seat Fittings
Senior Citizen Priority Service
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 to 10 am and 1:30 pm to 3 pm. 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 to 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.
  • 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: