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June 22, 2021 DC DMV Service Update: DC DMV to Resume Walk-in Service Beginning Week of July 19.

DMV Online Services and Mobile App will be unavailable during a system update on Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 3-11 am for maintenance.

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To Pass the DC DMV Vehicle Inspection

Vehicle inspection can include a combination of the following test types depending on vehicle category, model-year, weight, and fuel type:

  • Emission Inspection through On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) or tail pipe test
  • Visual Catalyst Inspection
  • Gas Cap Test

A list of common causes of personal vehicle inspection failures is available at the link below:

Information on DC DMV’s exhaust emissions testing is available at the link below:

Some vehicles fail inspection; some cannot be tested. More information on inspection failures, unable to tests, and re-tests is available at the link below:

When your vehicle passes inspection, you will be able to register it with DC DMV. Bring the vehicle inspection report with you to a DC DMV service center to register your vehicle.

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