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-In recognition of the DC Emancipation Day holiday, all DC DMV locations will be closed on Tuesday, April 16. Regular business hours will resume on Wednesday, April 17. Many of DC DMV's services will remain available online or via the agency's mobile app.

 

-DC DMV will no longer prevent DC residents from applying for a new or renewed driver’s license because of failing to meet the requirements of the Clean Hands Law.

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To Pass the DC DMV Vehicle Inspection

Vehicle inspection can include a combination of the following test types depending on vehicle category, model-year, weight, and fuel type:

  • Emission Inspection through On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) or tail pipe test
  • Visual Catalyst Inspection
  • Gas Cap Test

A list of common causes of personal vehicle inspection failures is available at the link below:

Information on DC DMV’s exhaust emissions testing is available at the link below:

Some vehicles fail inspection; some cannot be tested. More information on inspection failures, unable to tests, and re-tests is available at the link below:

When your vehicle passes inspection, you will be able to register it with DC DMV. Bring the vehicle inspection report with you to a DC DMV service center to register your vehicle.

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