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-In recognition of the Juneteenth holiday, all DC DMV locations will be closed on Wednesday, June 19. Regular business hours will resume on Thursday, June 20. Many of DC DMV's services will remain available online or via the agency's free mobile app.

 

-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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Trip-Permit Exempt Vehicles

A motor carrier or bus that is owned by a government entity or registered as a government vehicle is exempt from IRP regulations and is not required to carry a trip permit. Displaying a federal or state government license plate on the truck, van, or bus is one way to show the vehicle is exempt. Vehicles, including school buses, that are only contracted by the government are not exempt from IRP registration and must obtain a trip permit if not apportioned. However, vehicles, including school buses, that are leased long-term by the government—with the option to purchase—are exempt and do not have to obtain a trip permit.

Enforcement

  • Any vehicle owner that uses a trip permit for a vehicle other than the one listed on the front of the trip permit is subject to a fine of not more than $500, 180 days’ imprisonment, or both.
  • Any applicant that misuses, transfers, or sells a trip permit is subject to a fine of not more than $1000, 180 days’ imprisonment, or both.
  • Any vehicle that does not have a trip permit or is not apportioned to operate in the District will be assessed a $500 fine.
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