What Does The Washington D.C. DMV Do?

The Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles all services for drivers in the District, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The DC Boat Registration Office is responsible for boat and watercraft registration.

When you move to Washington, D.C., you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 60 days of establishing residency in the state. Prior to registering your vehicle, you must take it for an emissions inspection.

The DMV also offers registration reciprocity permits to active-duty military and other non-residents working in the District. Non-residents stationed in Washington, D.C. are not required to get a D.C. license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The WA D.C. DMV offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Reinstatement fee payments
  • Registration renewal
  • Duplicate registration issuance
  • Parking renewal
  • Personalized plate/tag requests
  • Plate/tag cancellation
  • Disability placards
  • Address changes

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the Washington, D.C. Driver Manual, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The DMV offers an online practice test to give you the extra prep you need.

The D.C. DMV partners with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, driver education, road testing, motorcycle training and testing, and CDL training and testing in the state.

Contact Information

Department of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 90120

Washington, D.C. 20090

Phone: (202) 737-4404

Office locations