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


-DC DMV recommends the use of masks by employees and customers at all DC DMV facilities. Masks are still required during the in-vehicle portion of a road test.

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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:

  • If the vehicle has multiple owners, all owners must be listed on the title. The primary owner must be a District resident with a DC DMV credential. Additionally, information on the other owners, including photo identification, will be required for vehicle registrations. Please find more information on residency documentation, DC DMV driver licenses and ID cards at the links below:
  • District Residency and Documentation for Vehicle Registrations
  • Registration Requirements for Motorcycles and Motorized Bicycles
  • DC DMV Driver Services/Driver Licenses
  • The vehicle has passed inspection. New cars will automatically get a sticker for the vehicle; used cars and commercial vehicles must be inspected. Information is available at the link below:
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • The vehicle is currently insured in the District. Information is available at the link below:
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • You hold the title and are listed on the title for the vehicle. Information is available at the link below:
  • Vehicle Titles
  • There will be title and registration fees due at the time of processing. Information on DC DMV fees is available at the link below:
  • DC DMV Fees

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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