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Residential Parking Permits

DC DMV will issue a residential parking permit (RPP) to allow any DC DMV-registered private vehicle or vehicle with reciprocity to be parked without restriction in the permit area of the vehicle’s registered address.

The RPP is a permit number designation on your vehicle registration sticker, which is located on the driver side of your windshield, reflecting the zone you live in.

To be eligible for an RPP, your street must be zoned for RPP—there will be a sign on your block noting the 2-hour parking restriction sign for non-permitted vehicles. Even if you live in a particular ward or zone, you cannot automatically park in that ward or zone beyond that 2-hour restriction unless your vehicle has an RPP.

You may display only one RPP zone sticker at a time. You must remove all outdated or expired RPP stickers from your vehicle windshield. If you display more than one sticker, you could receive a parking ticket.

If you live in a zone on a block that does not have restricted parking, you may not park in restricted areas in your zone. If your block does have restricted parking and street signs indicating the restrictions, you may not park even on your own block beyond the restricted time unless you have an RPP for your zone. RPP blocks are certified by DDOT. Information on the RPP program is available on the DDOT website. A database of District blocks and their parking restrictions is available through DDOT.

To Obtain an RPP

DC DMV issues RPPs to eligible vehicles as part of the vehicle registration process or vehicle registration renewal process. You can visit a DC DMV service center or obtain your RPP online.

The RPP fee structure applies to all eligible vehicles registered at a legal mailing address:

  1. $50 for the first vehicle
  2. $75 for the second vehicle
  3. $100 for the third vehicle
  4. $150 for each vehicle beyond the first three vehicles

An exemption exists for one resident 65 years of age or older per household. They will pay a $35 annual RPP fee for the first vehicle registered at a legal mailing address. The fee for each subsequent vehicle registered at a legal mailing address will be identical to the tiered rates noted above. View more information on RPP fees.

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Note: Commercial vehicles, buses, vehicles longer than 22 feet and sightseeing vehicles are not eligible for RPPs. Any motor vehicle that displays unremovable commercial advertising or insignia is considered a commercial vehicle.

Replacing Your RPP

You may need to replace your RPP or sticker if you move to a new RPP zone, change your vehicle tag number or replace your windshield. If your RPP zone has changed, you must remove the outdated or expired RPP sticker from your windshield after you receive the new registration sticker with RPP from DC DMV.

If you change the address of your vehicle registration online with DC DMV, you will also have the option to update your RPP. 

You may obtain a replacement RPP by visiting a DC DMV service center.

To replace your RPP sticker because you moved, you must first complete a change of address. If you change your address online with DC DMV, you will also be able to update your RPP.

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