DC DMV News: February/March 2023 Newsletter

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February/March 2023

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

Spring is just around the corner and Team DMV is in full bloom! For those residents who need to visit a Service Center to complete your DC DMV business, we are open via walk-in service. As a reminder, many DC DMV services can be completed online or via our mobile app, allowing you to #SkiptheTrip.

In this month's newsletter, we offer some important tips to help prevent your teen from driving distracted. Also, please read on to learn how you can #SkiptheTrip and order your personalized tags via our mobile app. Additionally, learn more about the Metropolitan Police Department's free steering wheel locks offered to District residents.

March is Women's History Month and DC DMV has been celebrating our amazing women throughout our social media channels. Read more below on how you can follow us on social media. March is also National Nutrition Month and on Wednesday, March 8, Team DMV participated in the Hear the Crunch campaign, sponsored by DC Hunger Solutions in support of National School Breakfast Week.

On Tuesday, January 31, I testified before the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, providing an overview of DC DMV's Fiscal Year 2022-23 activities. My testimony is available on our website here. On Tuesday, March 28, I testified again before that same committee, providing testimony on Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2024 proposed budget. My testimony is available on our website here.

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, April 6 at 12 p.m

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

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Teens and Distracted Driving

Teens' inexperience behind the wheel makes them more susceptible to distraction behind the wheel. Distracted driving can take on many forms beyond texting and talking on the cell phone. Any distraction is a dangerous distraction. Taking eyes off the road even for five seconds could cost a life.

What Can You Do?

  • Learn about the GRAD Program. Familiarizing yourself with the restrictions placed on your teen's license can better assist you in enforcing those laws. You have the opportunity to establish some important ground rules for your teen driver. Restrict night driving and passengers, prohibit driving while using the phone or other electronic devices, and require seat belt use at all times.
  • Talk to your teen about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Remind them that it is illegal to drink under the age of 21, and it is illegal—and deadly—to drink and drive. If a teen is under 21, his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) should always be at .00, not just under .08, which is the legal limit for drivers over age 21 in the District.
  • Be a good role model. Remember that your child looks to you as a driver, so practice safe driving yourself. Set aside time to take your teen on practice driving sessions. It can be a great way to spend time together and to allow your teen to improve some basic driving skills. Your teen's learning starts at home.
  • Don't rely solely on a driver's education class to teach your teen to drive. Remember that driver's education should be used as just part of a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system.
  • Visit DC DMV's Teen website where you will find useful tips and videos to help keep the young drivers in your family safe and focused on the road.

Order Personalized Tags Using DC DMV's Mobile App


Let your license plate do the talking! You can have a personalized tag on your vehicle in no time by simply downloading DC DMV's mobile app and ordering your personalized tag today. 

No punctuation or symbols are permitted on DC DMV personalized tags. DC DMV reserves the right to reject any combination of letters or numbers that may be deemed offensive. Please review your personalized tag order. Once you accept this order, you cannot change or cancel it. A non-refundable reservation fee of $100 is due when the order is placed. 

A personalized tag request may take up to eight weeks to fulfill. You will receive a letter in the mail when your personalized tag is available for pick-up. DC DMV will send you an email notification if you have provided the agency with your email address.

Note: Per District law, personalized tags cannot be issued to vehicles registered to business or government entities.

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 Affordable Housing

DCHA Event

On Friday, February 3, 2023, DC DMV partnered with the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) to support local families seeking affordable 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.

Mayor Bowser and the Metropolitan Police Department Offer Free Steering Wheel Locks to District Residents

District residents who own a 2011-2021 Kia or Hyundai can pick up a free steering wheel lock from a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Station. Please find more details below or visit MPD's website here.

Click on the image below to read more.

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March is Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Happy Women's History Month, DC!

Every year, March is designated Women's History Month by presidential proclamation. This month is set aside to honor women's contributions in American history. Visit us on social media this month (Facebook | Instagram | Twitter) where DC DMV will celebrate the accomplishments of several amazing women who help shape and promote the safe operation of motor vehicles and public safety.

Holiday Closure Update

Emancipation Day

In recognition of DC Emancipation Day, all DC DMV locations will be closed on Saturday, April 15 and Monday, April 17. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, April 18.

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.