If your vehicle travels into and through the District of Columbia and meets the criteria for an apportioned vehicle, you must display an apportioned tag or secure a trip permit before entering the District. Motor carriers, chartered buses, chartered shuttle buses, and other vehicles that fall under the definition of apportionable vehicles, but are not apportioned or fully registered in the District of Columbia, may obtain a trip permit for a fee, if required. If your vehicle is not in compliance, the owner/operator is subject to a $500 fine.
More information on the DC DMV fees is available at: DC DMV Fees.
Any DC DMV-registered business can get a trip permit online.
Note: You must use Internet Explorer when trying to access the trip permit website.
If you are a registered commercial carrier, you can use the DC DMV Trip Permit website to do the following:
- Request a trip permit
- Revise a trip permit request
- Run archived reports on trip permit transactions and user account information
The DC DMV Trip Permit website is available at: DC DMV Trip Permits.
Businesses that provide information and payment online may print the trip permit after completing the online transaction. Your copy of the trip permit will be delivered to the email address you provide.
A business may request a trip permit online but choose not to pay online. If you choose this option (to defer payment), then you will be required to send a check or money order along with the confirmation receipt you receive at the end of the transaction to:
DC DMV Southwest Service Center
International Registration Plan Office
95 M Street, SW, Suite 206-10
Washington, DC 20024
Note: If you choose Defer Payment and submit your payment by mail, you must allow 15 calendar days for your permit to be mailed to the address you provide. DC DMV sends trip permits via the US Postal Service only; no courier service is available. If the trip date is within 15 calendar days, please choose Email, or Pick Up from DC DMV Location as a permit delivery option.
Online services are available from 6:00 am to 12:00 am, seven days a week.
Businesses may also purchase DC trip permits from Transit America. Please visit the Transmit America website.
You may visit the DC DMV Southwest Service Center Information Desk at 95 M Street SW, Washington, DC, 20024, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:15 am to 4:00 pm to apply, pay for, and receive trip permits or call the IRP Office at (202) 729-7083.