UPDATE — DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES FUNCTIONS
(Thanks to Volunteer Leader Susan Davis for compiling this important information)
After suspending enforcement of parking regulations and extending the validity of expired drivers’ licenses, parking permits, and vehicle registration during the pandemic, the DC Department of Motor Vehicles is beginning to return to normal functioning. This document outlines DMV procedures and the changes which will occur as of June 1 (registrations and parking permits) and July 1 (driver’s licenses).
If you need additional information from online sources, copies of any of the applications and forms referred to, assistance with getting your vehicle emissions tested at the self-service kiosk, help getting an in-person appointment at a DMV office, or a ride to the DMV, ERCV can assist. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-656-7322 any day from 8am to 8pm. (ERCV membership is free during the pandemic.)
Vehicle Registrations and permits must be current beginning June 1, 2021:
- You must renew your vehicle registration and residential parking permit online or by mail . Do not make an in-person appointment for these services.
- Click here for how to renew your registration online or by mail: Vehicle Registration Renewals
- Residential Parking Permits can be renewed with your vehicle registration. Any registration renewed with an RPP request on or after June 1 will be subject to new tiered RPP fees .
- The inspection station at 1001 Half St. SW does inspections on a first come, first served basisTuesdays through Saturdays from 7am to After June 1 the hours are 6am to 2pm.
- Senior citizens can request expedited services when they arrive in order to go to the head of the line.More information is at inspection station.
- You can also go to the “self-serve” inspection kiosk at 300 Van Buren St. NW, which is entered from southbound 3rd (Note that the self-serve kiosk will only work if your car has had at least one previous inspection at the Half St. facility.)
- Payment for the inspection is included in your registration
- After June 1, inspection stickers must be current.
Parking Enforcement/Visitor Parking Permits:
- The 2020 Visitor Parking Permit will continue to be valid until a new permit is introduced.
- Residential parking, parking meters, and all other parking regulations will be enforced beginning June 1.
Disabled Parking Placard:
- You must apply for or renew a Disabled Parking Permit Placard by mail or online.
- You will need to have a doctor’s note stating that you have mobility
- Here is where you can print out the application form including the doctor’s note: DisabilityParking Placard Application.
- More information for completing the form, including a place to apply online by scanning in a completed paper application, begins at Disability Parking Application Process.
Driver’s License/REAL ID:
- Beginning July 1, 2021, your driver’s license will need to be current. To renew your driver’s license andobtain a REAL ID, you must visit a DMV office in person, submit your REAL ID documents to be copied,and complete an eye These visits are by appointment only. For those under 70 years of age who already have a Real ID license the process can be completed by mail or online.
- To make an appointment online click here DMV Appointments and be prepared for frustration as you search all locations week by week. It is easier to call 311 or 202-737-4404. You will likely be given an appointment within a week, so be sure to have all your forms and doctor notes completed before you call.
- Before you make the appointment you will need to print out and complete this application form: Driver's License Application Form.
- If you are 70 or older you will need to have a doctor complete the doctor’s statement on the application AND ALSO have a medical doctor and an optometrist/ophthalmologist complete a separate medical/eye form which you can find here: DMV Medical Requirements.
- To have the eye form completed you will probably have to go to an optometrist/ophthalmologist in person for an eye exam.
- You will need to collect forms to get your REAL ID, including a valid passport or birth certificate,marriage certificate, Social Security card, and two proofs of address. For more information on the necessary documents go here: Document Verification Guide.
- You will want to double-check all your documents before going to the DMV so you won’t have to make a second Feel free to call ERCV at 202-656-7322 for a document review.