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June 22, 2021 DC DMV Service Update: DC DMV to Resume Walk-in Service Beginning Week of July 19.

DMV Online Services and Mobile App will be unavailable during a system update on Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 3-11 am for maintenance.

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DC DMV Service Update as of June 22, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) Service Centers and Adjudication Services will return to walk-in service beginning the week of July 19, 2021. DC DMV will honor all appointments made through Saturday, July 17, 2021, but none will be available after that date. In addition, two DC DMV locations will have special weekend hours to accommodate residents.

In-person service becomes available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Adjudication Services starting Monday, July 19, 2021, and at all DMV Service Centers starting Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Scheduling road tests for commercial and noncommercial driver licenses will remain by appointment only.

Tips for Using DC DMV Services

  • Determine if you can “Skip the Trip”: Most necessary services are available online, by mail, and through the DC DMV mobile app. For example, renewals for vehicle registration are only available through those methods—they are not conducted in-person.
  • Use the online Document Verification Guide: If residents do need in-person services, this tool walks through the various documents needed to complete driver license, identification card, or vehicle transactions to ensure they have what they need before arriving at a DC DMV location.
  • Check location hours: Go to or call 311 for days and hours of operation to specific locations before making an in-person trip.

The following requirements took effect on June 1, 2021:

  • All District-registered vehicles must display valid registration and inspection stickers to avoid penalties and enforcement. Registration renewals are not eligible for in-person transactions. Renew online, on the DC DMV App, or by mail. Vehicle inspection is available on a first come, first service basis.
  • Any registration renewed with an RPP request on or after June 1 will be subject to new tiered RPP fees.
  • Any ticket issued after June 1 will be subject to adjudication hearing timelines listed on the back of the ticket. Tickets issued between January 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021 are still eligible for adjudication and payment of the original fine until September 30, 2021.

More Functions to Restart September 9

Residents should prepare for enforcement of the following programs beginning September 9, 2021:

  • All expired DC driver licenses and ID Cards to be renewed before Sept. 9, 2021. Failure to comply may result in enforcement. Residents with a REAL ID credential (black star in right corner) should renew online, on the DC DMV App, or by mail. Residents without a REAL ID credential and residents 70 years older and older must make an online appointment to renew their credential in-person.

See the April 19, 2021 press release for more details.

See the June 10, 2021 press release for more details.

See the June 22, 2021 press release for more details.