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DC DMV will be closed on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and Monday, October 14, 2019 in observance of Monday’s holiday.

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Vehicle Inspections

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 non 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.

The law still requires all vehicles to display a valid inspection sticker. If you have a 4 year inspection sticker, your inspection will expire on the last day of the month. You will be charged a late inspection fee immediately after expiration of inspection and each 30-day period (not to exceed $480).

To get your vehicle inspected, you must drive it to the DC DMV Inspection Station and get in line with with the other cars. The vehicle inspection fee is not paid at the inspection station; instead, it is paid at the time of vehicle registration. Vehicles are inspected in the order they arrive during normal hours of operation. Or, you may make an appointment to have your vehicle inspected. Passenger vehicle inspection appointments are only available for vehicles from 1996 and newer. If your vehicle is a passenger vehicle, and 1996 and newer, click on the link below to schedule an appointment. 

Please note that inspection late fees ($20 for each 30-day period) are assesses for late inspections. 

Information on DC DMV Inspection fees is available at the link below:

Additional information available at the links below:

To Pass the DC DMV Vehicle Inspection
Inspection Exemptions and Waivers
Inspection Sticker Renewals
Out-of-Town Inspection Sticker Renewals
Inspection Sticker Replacements


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Inspection Station