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DC DMV Service Update: Walk-in service has returned to DC DMV for all Service Centers and Adjudication Services.

Masks are still required at DC Gov facilities with direct interaction between employees and the public. Please continue to wear your mask at all DC DMV facilities.

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Inspection Exemptions and Waivers

  • New personal vehicles that have a manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin do not need to be inspected. The law still requires all vehicles to display a valid inspection sticker.
  • Personal vehicles that are manufactured  pre-1968 do not need to be inspected.
  • Zero emission, i.e. diesel or 100% electric, personal vehicles and trailers do not need to be inspected.
  • Motorcycles do not need to be inspected
  • If your vehicle failed emission inspection and you spent $1,044.00 or more in emission-related repairs, and you are unable to pass emission inspection, you are eligible to receive a waiver from emission inspection for 2 years. You will be required to show bills of the repairs. The repairs must be done within 60 days from the failed vehicle emission inspection.
  • A vehicle is exempt from the window tint law requirements if there is maintained in the vehicle a letter issued on letterhead and signed by a physician, physician assistant, ophthalmologist or optometrist certifying that protection from sunlight or bright lights (or similar language) are necessary due to a medical condition(s) of the registered owner or member of the registered owner’s household.

Also exempt from the tinted windows restrictions are:

  • Limousines
  • Ambulances
  • Buses
  • Hearses
  • Church-owned vehicles
  • Official government vehicles
  • Vehicles with tinted windows installed by the manufacturer prior to purchase
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