DC DMV News: April 2022 Newsletter

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April 2022

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

It's a wonderful time of year to be out and about in the District. If you have business with DC DMV that needs to be completed at one of our Service Centers, Team DMV wants your visit to be quick and efficient so you can continue your day and enjoy everything our amazing city has to offer. You can help make your visit to DC DMV a positive experience by planning ahead and reviewing our Document Verification Guide prior to your visit. This will help you determine which documents you will need to bring to a DMV Service Center to complete your transaction in one visit. 

April is National Donate Life Month and, in this month's newsletter, we encourage residents to help save a life by registering and becoming an organ donor. It's easy and you can even update your donor status on our mobile app. Also, as more cyclists are on our roads this time of year, please read our bicycle safety tips for sharing the road. 

Additionally, I had the honor of testifying last month at our agency's Budget Oversight Hearing. Please read on to learn more about some of the specific investments Mayor Bowser proposed for DC DMV in fiscal year 2023.  Finally, we're excited to announce DC DMV is now offering Washington Mystics specialty tags in recognition of our local team's 2019 WNBA Championship win!

As a reminder, please join me for our DC DMV Live Chat the first Thursday of each month. I'll be online for a full hour to respond in real-time to any of your DC DMV-related questions. Our next live chat is scheduled for Thursday, May 5 at 12 p.m. Spread the word!

Thank you for reading this edition of our newsletter. Enjoy and stay safe!

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Bicycle Safety

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

Drivers: Share the Road

  • 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 packing 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.

Use DC DMV's Mobile App to Update Your Donor Status

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Each year, approximately 7,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant. Additionally, each year, hundreds of thousands of people benefit from donated tissue that is used for life-saving and reconstructive purposes.

DC DMV has made it easier for District residents to update their donor status, without visiting a Service Center. Simply download our mobile app and click on the "Organ Donor Update" icon to become a donor. Help save a life through the gift of donation!

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

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Mask Still Required at All DMV Locations

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Effective March 1, 2022, masks are still required at DC Government facilities where there is direct interaction between employees and the public. Please continue to wear your mask at all DC DMV facilities.

April is National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month

In recognition of National Donate Life Month, DC DMV encourages all District residents to register and become an organ donor. Currently, approximately 115,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant in the United States and an estimated 1,800 of them live in the District.

DC DMV has a close working relationship with the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) and Donate Life DC, and we understand firsthand the powerful impact organ donation has on District residents and their families. Many of our neighbors are dying needlessly because the organs they need are not being donated. Therefore, Team DMV is committed to raising awareness, educating the public on facts specific to organ donations, and registering donors year-round so we can save more lives.

Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Announced for DC DMV

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On March 22, 2022, Director Robinson presented the agency's Fiscal Year 2023 budget before the DC Council's Committee on Transportation and the Environment. Highlights of the testimony included several budget investments proposed by Mayor Bowser including, pay parity for front-line DMV employees who interact directly with the public; two new self-service on-board diagnostic emissions kiosks, including a location East of the River; and funding to modernize the agency's ticket processing system.

The full testimony is available here.

DC DMV Offers Washington Mystics Specialty Vehicle Tags

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DC DMV now offers Washington Mystics specialty vehicle tags in support of our local team and to celebrate their 2019 Women's National Basketball Association Championship. Washington Mystics and other specialty vehicle tags are available at all DC DMV Service Centers.

Holiday Closure Update

Memorial Day

In recognition of Memorial Day, all DC DMV locations will be closed Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, May 31. Many of DC DMV's services will remain available online or via the agency's free mobile app.