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Initial Registration of a New or Used Vehicle

District law requires that all vehicles housed and operated in the District be registered in the District of Columbia. If you move to the District, have a valid registration from another jurisdiction, and do not qualify for reciprocity, you have 60 calendar days from the date you begin to live in DC to register your vehicle with DC DMV. You must first convert your out-of-state driver license to a District of Columbia driver license or non-driver identification card. If you are eligible for student, diplomat, active military member, part-time resident, member of Congress, or presidential appointee driver privilege reciprocity with your home state or jurisdiction and want to obtain District of Columbia tags, then you must first obtain a DC DMV driver license or identification card. 

To legally register your new or used vehicle in the District for the first time, you must visit a DC DMV service center, with proof that:

Note: Registration renewals are available online or by mail, and registration card replacements are available online or in person. Information on renewals and replacement cards is available at the links below:

If you buy your car at the end of a lease, to register it, you will need all of the information above and an odometer statement that shows the current mileage of the vehicle. You may retain the current valid vehicle tags from your lease period.

Information on DC DMV service centers is available at the link below:

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