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Effective August 2, 2016, DC DMV No Longer Requires District Residents to Make an Appointment to Obtain a Limited Purpose Credential

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Effective today, District of Columbia residents who want to obtain a Limited Purpose driver license or identification card are no longer required to make an appointment. The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) accepts walk-ins Wednesday through Saturday for those applying for a Limited Purpose Credential. Tuesdays will remain by appointment only.

DC DMV expects an increase in customer volume at each of its four Service Centers, and encourages residents to “Know Before You Go” by visiting the agency’s website at to review the list of required documents, as well as the Service Center Wait Time and Webcams prior to making an in-person visit. This will enable customers to see what documents they need to successfully complete their transaction in one visit along with the average wait times at each Service Center. To obtain at Limited Purpose credential, residents must provide:

·        Proof of Identity;

·        Two Proofs of Current DC Residency;

·        Two Proofs of Six-Month DC Residency, and

·        Social Security Ineligibility.

DC DMV will only accept the documents listed on its website.

Additionally, DC DMV has more than 50 online services, enabling customers to “skip the in-person trip.” Also, with any online or in-person transaction in which DC DMV collects money, customers now have the option to make a donation to the DonateLifeDC organ donor registry to support organ and tissue donation for people located in the Washington, DC community.


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