DC DMV May 2021 Newsletter

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May 2021

Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing during the public health emergency. These recommendations may help you make decisions about daily activities once you are fully vaccinated.

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New Car Free Lanes for Buses and Bikes

DDOT has recently expanded its red bus lane pilot with three quick-build bus priority pilot projects: Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE; 7th St NW; and M St SE. These dedicated, car free lanes allow WMATA and Circulator to efficiently operate as the District continues to reopen, helping to reduce passenger crowding and maintain safe distancing on buses. 

More details:

  • Red paint has been installed in the bus lanes to designate their use. Buses will service all existing stops.
  • Right turns are permitted from the bus lanes, and all alley and driveway access will be maintained. Learn more about navigating the car free lanes.
  • Bicyclists are permitted to use the lanes, helping to reduce crowding on sidewalks.
  • Learn more about the plans for Bus Priority on MLK, Jr. Ave SE

For more information about Car Free Lanes and the Bus Priority Program, please visit ddot.dc.gov/page/car-free-lanes-buses-and-bikes, ddot.dc.gov/page/bus-priority, or email buspriority@dc.gov.

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WMATA is open for business! Riding Metrorail and Metrobus is a safe, clean, and reliable way to travel throughout the District. Click on the image below to view a brief video from WMATA.

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DC DMV Introduces Parallel Parking Requirement

DC DMV has added parallel parking to the road skills test at our Deanwood Center. Parallel parking is a necessary driving skill and is essential to protecting pedestrians, cyclists, and property. It is an important skill to learn and does require practice.

On May 18, 2021, Leon Brown, a Driver Examiner who has been conducting road tests for more than 33 years, administered the first DC DMV road test since 2009 to include parallel parking.

Vance Gootman was the first customer of the day to take and pass the road test. He is a Junior at School Without Walls and is in the Early College Program (ECP) at Georgetown University, where he recently finished his first year of coursework. In preparation for his road skills test, Vance spent many driving practice hours with his mom Jennifer and dad Marek.

Congratulations Vance!

Are you scheduled for a road skills test with DC DMV? Check out our parallel parking tutorial video, and practice to ensure you are ready for your upcoming test!

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Pictured (L to R): Calvin Dyson, Deanwood Center Manager; Vance Gootman, Student/New DC Driver; and Leon Brown, DC DMV Driver Examiner

Pay Your Outstanding Tickets Using DC DMV's Mobile App

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Do you have outstanding parking, photo enforcement, or moving violation tickets that need to be paid? If so, simply download DC DMV's free mobile app and tap the "Ticket Services" icon to pay your tickets. The app even allows you to search for unpaid citations by ticket number, tag number, or driver license number.

DC DMV's mobile app users can also update their voter registration information when renewing their ID or license and add their digital vehicle registration card to their Apple Wallet from an iPhone device. Users will have immediate access to other DC DMV information, including holiday closing schedules, interpreter and translation services, employment information, and DC DMV’s privacy policy.

Don't Delay! Download Our Free Mobile App TODAY!

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A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

Our May newsletter includes important information about some key dates all District residents need to be aware of. Starting June 1, 2021, all District-registered vehicles will need to display valid registration and inspection stickers. Additionally, new tiered RPP fees will go into effect, with an exemption for one resident 65 years of age or older per household. Also, a new four-month ticket amnesty program will be in effect for tickets issued before September 30, 2021.

Finally, for residents with expired driver licenses or ID cards, mark July 1 on your calendar, as you will need to renew your credential prior to that date. Residents with a REAL ID credential (black star in right corner) may renew online, by mail, or through DC DMV's free mobile app. Residents without a REAL ID credential and residents 70 years of age and older will need to schedule an online appointment to renew their credential in-person.

Please continue to read all the articles in our May newsletter to learn more. Thank you!

Enforcement to Restart Beginning June 1

Restarting Enforcement

The following requirements will restart on June 1, 2021:

  • All District-registered vehicles must display valid registration and inspection stickers to avoid penalties and enforcement.  Renew online, through the free DC DMV App, or by mail. Vehicle inspection is available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Any registration renewed with an RPP request on or after June 1 will be subject to new tiered RPP fees.
  • Any ticket issued after June 1 will be subject to adjudication hearing timelines listed on the back of the ticket. Tickets issued between January 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021 are still eligible for adjudication and payment of the original fine until September 30, 2021.

Additionally, all expired DC driver licenses and ID Cards must be renewed before July 1, 2021.

  • Residents with a REAL ID credential (black star in right corner) should renew online, through the DC DMV App, or by mail.
  • Residents without a REAL ID credential as well as residents 70 years of age and older must make an online appointment to renew their credential in-person.

DMOI Overseeing Amnesty Program for Drivers With Outstanding Tickets

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The Deputy Mayor of Operations and Infrastructure (DMOI) is administering Mayor Bowser’s four-month amnesty program giving District and non-District drivers an opportunity to pay outstanding parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violation tickets without penalty. Here are the top five things you need to know:

  1. Length of Program: It runs from June 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021.
  2. Who Is Eligible? Drivers with outstanding District of Columbia parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violation tickets
  3. What Tickets Are Eligible? Tickets issued before September 30, 2021.
  4. What Types of Tickets Are Eligible? Parking, photo enforcement (including speed, red-light and stop sign) and minor moving violations issued by law enforcement.
  5. What Will I Have to Pay? The original ticket amount; penalties will be waived. Department of Public Works tow and storage fees, if any, will not be waived. Just pay the eligible ticket online, in person by appointment, or by mail during the amnesty period. Tickets may also be paid through DC DMV's mobile app.

More details can be found at ticketamnesty.dc.gov

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In recognition of Memorial Day, all DC DMV locations will be closed on Saturday, May 29, 2021 and Monday, May 31, 2021. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1. Many of DC DMV's services will be available online or via the agency's free mobile app.

Inspection Station to Transitions to Spring/Summer Hours 

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Effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the Inspection Station will transition to "Spring/Summer" operating hours. The Inspection Station is currently operating on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Day Time
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 6 am – 2 pm
Wednesday: 7 am – 2 pm
Thursday: 6 am – 2 pm
Friday: 6 am – 2 pm
Saturday: 6 am – 2 pm