DC DMV News: January 2023 Newsletter

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January 2023

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

On behalf of Team DMV, I want to wish everyone a happy New Year! 2023 promises to be a busy year at DC DMV as we continue to streamline customer transactions and introduce new initiatives to better serve the public, while remaining focused on public safety. It's going to be an exciting year!

As winter has arrived, please read this month's Vision Zero article where we offer some helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while driving in wintry conditions.

This month's newsletter also includes an exciting update on our Ticket Alert Service (TAS). All District residents can now enroll in TAS! The service is free and you can receive quick notifications on tickets when you sign up, so please enroll in TAS today.

Also, continue reading to learn more about our upcoming Hiring Fair on January 23. DC DMV is hiring for several open positions and we encourage all interested and qualified candidates to submit their resume online. Selected applicants will be invited to interview in-person on January 23.

Finally, your feedback is important so please join me for our DC DMV Live Chat held 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 online live chat is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at 12 p.m. 

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

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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. 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. They travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes and 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, 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.

Pay 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 mobile app, and tap the "Ticket Services" icon to pay your tickets. The app also 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 and have DC DMV At Your Fingertips!

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

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DC DMV Supports Residents Seeking Public Housing

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On Friday, January 6, 2023, DC DMV partnered with the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) to support local families seeking public housing. Several hundred residents attended the DCHA event held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. DC DMV representatives provided attendees with information and documents related to obtaining a DC driver license and identification card

DC DMV Announces All District Residents Can Now Enroll in TAS

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This month, DC DMV announced that now all District residents can enroll in the agency’s Ticket Alert Service (TAS) to get quick notifications on tickets. Previously, they had to already have had a ticket on record before enrolling in TAS. Non-residents are still required to have been issued at least one ticket within the past 18 months to enroll in TAS.

Enrollment in TAS is free and the online service provides users with near real-time notification of ticket-related activity on up to four vehicles and a single driver license. Once a driver has enrolled, they may log in to their account to check the status of tickets. Additionally, users may elect to receive notifications via text and/or email when any of the following occur:

  • A ticket is issued to a vehicle
  • A ticket payment is applied
  • Before a late penalty is applied to a ticket
  • Before the deadline to adjudicate a ticket expires
  • A decision is made on an adjudicated ticket
  • A ticketed vehicle becomes boot eligible
  • Before a ticket is assigned to collections
  • Updates on DC DMV programs and announcements

With a TAS account, users are also able to log on and view all images associated with a ticket and all information contained in the ticket history file, such as hearing requests and outcomes, payments, appeals, and past correspondence. Users may also access links to complete ticket payments and schedule hearings online.

Additional information on TAS enrollment is available here.  

DC DMV to Host Hiring Fair on January 23

DC DMV Hiring Fair

As Mayor Muriel Bowser says, we are hiring, and we want you to be part of something big....DC's comeback! DC DMV will be hosting a Hiring Fair on Monday, January 23, 2023, from 12 to 7 p.m. at the agency's 95 M Street SW location. Qualified candidates who would like to be considered for the following positions may submit their resumes here.

  • CDL Examiner
  • Hearing Examiner
  • Legal Instrument Examiner
  • Motor Vehicle Inspector
  • Supervisory Legal Instrument Examiner

Note: This hiring event is by invitation only. Interested parties must submit a resume in advance to be considered for an invitation.

For information on other employment opportunities available throughout the District Government, go to together.dc.gov/jobs.

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Every year since 2010, the President of the United States has dedicated the month of January to raise awareness about human trafficking and to educate the public about how to identify and prevent such crimes. Human trafficking includes forced labor and sex trafficking. There are estimated to be more than 24.9 million people, adults and children, subject to human trafficking around the world, including the United States.

At DC DMV, we understand that many commercial motor vehicle drivers often encounter individuals committing the crime of human trafficking on our roadways. As of July 12, 2021, District law (DCMR Title 18, Section 1303) requires all new drivers seeking a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) and those looking to convert an out-of-state Commercial Driver License (CDL), to complete mandatory Human Trafficking Awareness training before being issued a CLP or converting an out-of-state CDL.

Mask Requirement Reminder

DC DMV continues to recommend the use of masks by employees and customers at all DC DMV facilities.

Masks are still required during the in-vehicle portion of a road test.