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

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Out-of-Town Inspection Sticker Renewals

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

Skip the Trip LogoOnce you have received the official emission inspection results, you can submit online or mail to:

DC Department of Motor Vehicles
DMV Inspection Station
Attention: Station Manager
1001 Half Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

  • 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 two 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.
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