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

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About DC DMV


The mission of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) is to promote the safe operation of motor vehicles and public safety, while providing outstanding customer service.


The vision of DC DMV is to be the leader in innovation and technology.

DC DMV Overview

Every day, DC DMV directly serves an average of 3,200 District residents—and non-residents—more than almost any other District government agency. DC DMV provides service to more than 623,000 licensed drivers or identification card holders and 310,000 registered vehicles at four service centers. We service more than 2.7 million tickets annually, by collecting payments or providing citizens the means to contest the tickets. We also conduct over 178,000 vehicle inspections each year.

To achieve our mission, we have three operational program areas: Ticket Services, Driver Services, and Vehicle Services.

Ticket Services

DC DMV processes parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violation tickets and provides notices, hearings, and hearing support services for those who get the tickets. The service we provide ensures that people get sound legal decisions regarding their tickets and proper processing of any payments they must make on them.

Note: DC DMV does not issue tickets. Parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violation tickets are issued by the Department of Public Works, the DC Department of Transportation, and law enforcement agencies including the Metropolitan Police Department, US Capitol Police, US Park Police, and more than 30 other agencies.

You can access more information on DC DMV Ticket Services available at: DC DMV Ticket Services.

Driver Services

DC DMV provides driver certification and identification services to District residents to ensure they have the proper credentials to drive or otherwise operate their vehicles legally. DC DMV credentials show an individual’s identity, residency, and driving qualifications.

You can access more information on DC DMV Driver Services available at: DC DMV Driver Services.

Vehicle Services

DC DMV provides certification and inspection services to residents, businesses, and government entities so they may legally park, drive, and sell their vehicles in the District of Columbia.

You can access more information on DC DMV Vehicle Services available at: DC DMV Vehicle Services.