DC DMV August 2021 Newsletter

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August 2021

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

As the summer winds down, DC DMV has returned to full operating capacity. Our Service Centers and Adjudication Services are open for walk-in service. I want to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during the transition from "appointment only" to walk-in services. More residents continue to be able to complete their DMV business in-person, and we still have more than 55 services available online, as well as services through our free mobile app.

Our August newsletter includes important information for residents who currently have an expired or soon to expire driver license or identification card. Additionally, you will find useful school bus safety tips as students return to in-person learning. This month's newsletter also includes an article about one of our own, Justin Day, who was recently recognized by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) as its 2021 Outstanding Driver Examiner of the Year. I couldn't be prouder of Justin!

I hope you find this issue of the newsletter informative. Thank you!

Are Vaccines on Your Back-to-School List?

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Vaccines are the best protection against many preventable diseases. That's why all DC students must have their immunizations up-to-date before the school year begins. For more information, visit here.

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School Bus Safety

Students who are returning to in-person learning may rely on school buses to get them to and from school safely. If you are driving, remember these simple rules:

  • Yellow flashing lights on a school bus mean slow down — don’t speed up — because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children. 
  • Red flashing lights mean stop — and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus — because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.
  • Even when lights aren’t flashing, watch for children, particularly in the morning or mid-afternoon, around school arrival and dismissal times. Be alert as you back out of a driveway, or drive through a neighborhood, school zone or bus stop.


Renew Your Expired Driver License/ID Using DC DMV's Mobile App

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Did your driver license or ID Card expire during the public health emergency? If so, and you currently have a REAL ID credential, you can renew by downloading DC DMV's free mobile app. It's quick and easy and there's no need to visit a Service Center! With enforcement of expired driver licenses and ID Cards starting September 9, now is the time to renew your credential through DC DMV's mobile app.

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

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DC DMV Partners with DCPS to Support Recent Graduates


On Tuesday, August 10, DC DMV partnered with DC Public Schools (DCPS) to support 750 DCPS graduates from the Class of 2021.

During the field day event, held at Cardozo Education Campus, students were able to meet with various agencies and community partners to access information regarding health and wellness, finances and college enrollment steps.

DC DMV greeted students on site and provided information on how to obtain a government issued driver license, learner permit and identification card. For students leaving home for the first time to attend college, understanding the importance of having an ID to open a bank account and conduct other business previously handled by their parents/caregivers was invaluable.

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Enforcement of Expired Driver Licenses and ID Cards to Begin September 9

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The credential extension implemented in response to the public health emergency ends on September 9, 2021 and all expired DC driver licenses and identification cards must be renewed before September 9.

After September 9, if your DC DMV driver license has been expired for more than 365 days, you must take and pass the knowledge test or take the District's online traffic school course to waive taking the knowledge test.

If your DC driver license has been expired for more than 545 days, you must take and pass both the knowledge test and the road skills test (by appointment only).

Additionally, all expired DC learner permits will require re-testing after September 9, 2021. The DC learner permit is non-renewable.

Test Proctoring Center Increases Knowledge Testing Capacity

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DC DMV's Test Proctoring Center located in Alexandria, VA recently announced it has increased its capacity and now has availability for up to 300 knowledge test appointments each day.

Residents who need to re-test prior to the September 9 credential renewal deadline are strongly encouraged to schedule their knowledge test at the Test Proctoring Center. Knowledge testing capacity at DC DMV Service Centers is limited and customer volume is currently very heavy.

AAMVA Recognizes Justin Day as IDEC Outstanding Examiner of the Year

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The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) recently honored DC DMV Driver Examiner Justin Day as its 2021 International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Outstanding Examiner of the Year!

Justin has been a Driver Examiner with DC DMV since 2014 and has a reputation for conducting both commercial and non-commercial road tests in a fair and equitable manner, and always with a smile and friendly demeanor.

Throughout the public health emergency, Justin conducted in person road tests while ensuring the agency's safety precautions were constantly adhered to by all employees and customers.

Congratulations Justin!

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.

Labor Day Closure Update

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In recognition of Labor Day, all DC DMV locations will be closed on Saturday, September 4, 2021 and Monday, September 6, 2021. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 7. Many of DC DMV's services will be available online or via the agency's free mobile app.