If you are out of town—more than 75 miles from the District of Columbia—and cannot return to the District to get a DC DMV inspection before your current inspection sticker expires, you may have your vehicle inspected where you are.
Follow the steps below if your vehicle is being inspected Out-of-Town
- Take your vehicle to a certified repair service center or dealer.
- Request an emissions test, or an on-board diagnostic test if the state you are in does not offer emissions testing.
- The service center or dealer should print the test results and work order on official letterhead, and results should include the following:
- Vehicle year
- Current mileage
- Vehicle make
- Vehicle model
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- Tag number
- Once you have received the official emission inspection results, mail or fax the document to:
Attention: Station Manager
DC Department of Motor Vehicles
1001 Half Street, SW
DMV Inspection Station,
Washington, DC 20024
FAX: (202) 729-7186
- DC DMV will review the out-of-town inspection results to ensure your vehicle passes emission requirements for the District.
- If the out-of-state emission test results are acceptable, DC DMV will update your vehicle's inspection history for 2 years.
- You will be charged the DC inspection fee the next time you renew your District vehicle registration.
- DC DMV will mail you an inspection sticker to the out of state address provided.