DC DMV June/July 2021 Newsletter

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June/July 2021

Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

The District is closing its high-capacity walk-up vaccination sites on July 17; however, DC Health will continue to provide targeted vaccination opportunities, beginning with new vaccine clinics open to all DC residents between the ages of 12 and 18. For more information, visit here.

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Drivers: Share the Road

People on bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as people behind the wheel of a vehicle.

  • Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. This will help avoid turning in front of a bicyclist traveling on the road or sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
  • In parking lots, at stop signs, when backing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
  • Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
  • Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
  • Give cyclists room. Do not pass too closely. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle—when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane.

Obtain a Certified Driver Record Using DC DMV's Mobile App

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Do you have official business that requires a Certified Driver Record? If so, simply download DC DMV's free mobile app and tap the "License and Identification Card Services" icon where you can request and purchase your Certified Driver Record. It's quick and easy! A Certified Driver Record contains the DC DMV stamp and is required for most official purposes. 

Additional transactions that can be completed using DC DMV's mobile app include:

  • Ticket Payment
  • REAL ID Driver License and ID Card Renewal and Replacement
  • Registration Renewal and Replacement
  • Update Donor Status Update
  • Tag Cancellation
  • Insurance Lapse Payment
  • Personalized Tag Request

Users of the mobile app 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.

Scan the QR Code Below or click here & Download the DCDMV App Today!

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Tips for Using DC DMV Services

Skip the Trip
  • Determine if you can “Skip the Trip”: Most necessary services are available online, by mail, and through the DC DMV mobile app. For example, renewals for vehicle registration are only available through those methods—they are not conducted in-person.
  • Use the online Document Verification Guide. If residents do need in-person services, this tool walks through the various documents needed to complete driver license, identification card, or vehicle transactions to ensure they have what they need before arriving at a DC DMV location.
  • Check location hours. Go to dmv.dc.gov or call 311 for days and hours of operation to specific locations before making an in-person trip.
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A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

As the District reopens for business, and all DC DMV employees return to work, I'm excited to announce that Adjudication Services and all Service Centers will return to walk-in service starting the week of July 19! I look forward to welcoming Team DMV back, and I thank all of my colleagues for their hard work and dedication to serving our customers throughout the public health emergency.

Our June/July newsletter includes additional details on DC DMV's return to walk-in service as well as important information for residents with expired, or soon to expire, driver licenses and ID Cards. Additionally, you will find important safety tips for sharing the road with cyclists, helpful tips for using DC DMV services, and an update from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to the extension of its REAL ID enforcement date to May 3, 2023 for domestic air travel.

If you are required to visit us for an in-person transaction, we look forward to serving you soon. Thank you!

Walk-In Service to Resume on July 19

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DC DMV Service Centers and Adjudication Services will return to walk-in service beginning the week of July 19, 2021. DC DMV will honor all appointments made through Saturday, July 17, 2021. 

In-person service becomes available on a first-come, first-served basis at Adjudication Services starting Monday, July 19, and at all DMV Service Centers starting Tuesday, July 20. 

Things you should expect and prepare for as DMV returns to walk-in services:

  • Determine if you can complete your transaction online, via the DCDMV App, or through the mail, and “Skip the Trip”
  • Facial coverings will be required when inside all DMV locations
  • Pack Your Patience. Customer volume is expected to be higher than normal over the coming weeks, so there may be longer than usual wait times
  • Be Prepared.  Review our website to ensure you have all the required documents to complete your business

Driver Licenses and ID Cards Valid Until September 9

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DC DMV recently extended the time residents have to renew expired driver licenses and identification (ID) cards to September 9, 2021. The previous announced deadline was July 1, 2021. The extension, as well as the agency's return to walk-in service, will give residents more time to renew credentials that require an in-person visit to a Service Center.

This announcement does NOT impact the enforcement of valid inspections and vehicle registrations that took effect on June 1, 2021.

DHS Extends REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

REAL ID May 3, 2023

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19. 

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification (ID) card, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.

Additionally, TSA checkpoints will accept expired driver licenses or state-issued ID cards one year after expiration.

Reminder: Ticket Amnesty Program

A 4-month amnesty program that runs through September 30, 2021 gives District and non-District drivers a chance to pay outstanding tickets for parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violations without penalty. Details: ticketamnesty.dc.gov.