DC DMV News: January/February 2022 Newsletter

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January/February 2022

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

As we start a new year, my team and I are focused on several innovations this year that will simplify how we do business. Many of the updates we have planned will offer even more transactions that can be completed online or via our mobile app, allowing you to Skip-the-Trip in 2022.

In this month's newsletter, check out our Vision Zero tips for driving in winter weather and steps to take in an emergency situation. Also, be sure to read about our expanded virtual hearing services. This edition also features great news for you Caps fans as our service centers are now offering Washington Capitals specialty plates. Finally, Happy Black History Month! Throughout the month, check out our social media as we'll be highlighting prominent African Americans, who have made great achievements and contributions to the automotive industry.

Thank you for reading this edition of our newsletter. Wishing everyone a happy and safe new year!

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Driving in Winter Weather

The Basics

  • Slow down. It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. In fact, in 2019, there were an estimated 182,000 police-reported crashes that occurred nationwide in wintry conditions. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you will have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
  • Don't crowd a snow plow. Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, an exit the road frequently. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay far enough behind it and use caution when passing.

What to Do in an Emergency

If you are stopped or stalled in winter weather, stay focused on yourself and your passengers, your car, and your surroundings.

  • Stay with your car and don't overexert yourself.
  • Let your car be seen. Place bright markers on the windows or antenna and keep the interior dome light on.
  • Be mindful of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of any snow and run your car only sporadically, just long enough to stay warm. Don't run your car for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.

Renew Your REAL ID Credential Using DC DMV's Mobile App

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Has your REAL ID driver license or REAL ID non-driver identification card expired, or will it soon expire? If so, DC DMV has made it easier for you to Skip-the-Trip by downloading DC DMV's mobile app where you can renew your REAL ID credential from your smartphone or other mobile device. 

As a reminder, the Department of Homeland Security announced an extension of the REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023. Effective that date, every air traveler will need a REAL ID compliant credential, or another TSA acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.

Note: If you are 70 years or older, you must renew your driver license in-person by visiting a DC DMV Service Center. Learn more here.

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

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DC DMV Expands Virtual Hearings

Virtual Hearings

DC DMV recently expanded our virtual hearing pilot to include parking and photo enforcement tickets. Virtual hearings were previously available only for minor moving violations, permit suspensions and revocations, and reinstatement hearings.

The virtual hearing pilot was launched in March 2020 to address the challenges presented by the public health emergency. The virtual hearings facilitate social distancing by allowing all parties, including drivers, police officers, attorneys and hearing examiners, to participate remotely from a computer or mobile device.

Virtual hearings may be scheduled online at dmv.dc.gov. Prior to scheduling a virtual hearing, drivers should confirm the following technical requirements are met:

  • Must have fast and stable Internet connection
  • Must have a video device, such as a webcam on a computer, a phone, or a laptop
  • Must have a microphone, or the ability to dial into a number via a phone.
  • Must have a valid, working email address
  • Must allow application/plugin installation for Cisco Webex Meetings

Additionally, virtual hearing participants may use their computer or mobile device to upload evidence for consideration by the hearing examiner assigned to their case. Such evidence must be uploaded when a virtual hearing is scheduled. At the hearing’s conclusion, the examiner will announce a decision and the hearing record will be mailed to the driver’s address of record with DC DMV.

Washington Capitals Tags Available at DC DMV

Caps Tags

DC DMV now offers Washington Capitals tags in support of the Washington Capitals hockey team and their 2018 Stanley Cup win. District residents obtaining Washington Capitals tags will pay a one-time application fee of $25 and a yearly display fee of $20. 

Note: If you do not surrender your existing tags, you will be liable for any tickets that may be issued to your old tags.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! As we celebrate this February, let us remember the history and accomplishments of black women and men, both past and present. Let’s celebrate their contributions and legacy that have shaped our world and continue to do so today.

Holiday Closure Update

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In recognition of Presidents’ Day, all DC DMV locations will be closed Saturday, February 19 and Monday, February 21. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, February 22. Many of DC DMV's services will remain available online or via the agency's free mobile app.