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-In recognition of the Juneteenth holiday, all DC DMV locations will be closed on Wednesday, June 19. Regular business hours will resume on Thursday, June 20. Many of DC DMV's services will remain available online or via the agency's free mobile app.


-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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Limited Purpose Credential Step by Step Process

Updated: December 2023

The Limited Purpose credential requires a one-time validation of source documents when applying for your DC Limited Purpose credential. The driver knowledge and road tests will be required for all applicants applying for the Limited Purpose driver license. First time DC applicants must be a resident of the District for at least six months. Applicants must have never been issued a social security number, previously been issued a social security number but no longer be eligible or not be eligible for a social security number. The Limited Purpose credential may not be used for official federal purposes and will be marked to reflect this requirement.