Your vehicle must pass inspection by DC DMV before you can register it with DC DMV. Once your vehicle passes inspection, you must display the valid, inspection sticker on the front passenger side, lower corner of the windshield. Note: DC DMV no longer requires an inspection for motorcycles and motorized bicycles, as indicated in the link below:
Personal vehicle inspection is valid for 2 years.
Commercial vehicle inspection is valid for 1 year.
Taxi and for-hire vehicle inspection is valid for 1 Year.
NOTE: New personal, non-commercial, and not for-hire vehicles that have a manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (the title for a new vehicle) will automatically receive a 4 year new car inspection sticker upon registration through the dealership. Therefore, the new vehicle should not be physically taken through inspection.
To get your vehicle inspected, you must drive it to the DC DMV Inspection Station and get in line with the other cars. The inspection fee you must pay will be collected when you register your vehicle. Vehicles are inspected in the order they arrive during normal hours of operation. Or, you may make an appointment to have your vehicle inspected, which would allow you to pass directly into the inspection lane. The online system for scheduling a vehicle inspection is available at the link below:
Information on DC DMV Inspection fees is available at the link below:
Additional information available at the links below: