DC DMV News: May 2023 Newsletter

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May 2023

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

DC DMV offers more than 55 online services and many of the most frequent transactions can be completed by Skipping the Trip and downloading our mobile app.

In this month's newsletter, we feature safety tips on motorcycles and remind riders that they require more skill and coordination to operate than a car. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and as the weather gets warmer, more motorcyclists are out this time of year. Our safety tips give more insight into how motorcyclists should follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

Additionally, please note that our Inspection Station will transition to Spring/Summer operating hours starting on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

Finally, 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, June 1 at 12 p.m

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

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Motorcycle Safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month!

Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways, tut it’s especially important for drivers to understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists such as size, visibility, and motorcycle riding practices like downshifting and weaving to know how to anticipate and respond to them. By raising motorists’ awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.

DC DMV has tips to help keep you safe as a motorcyclist:

  • Attend a motorcycle training course to learn skills and safety and always follow the rules and laws.
  • Watch out for intersections, where about 70 percent of motorcycle collisions occur.
  • Stay out of cars’ blind spots to stay visible.
  • Be extra cautious in bad weather and bad road conditions; minor problems for cars are major hazards for motorcycles.
  • Stay sober: approximately half of all fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crashes involve alcohol.
  • Wear protective clothing that covers and cushions your body—pants and long-sleeved jackets—with bright, reflective colors on your upper body to make you visible.
  • Always wear a helmet with a US Department of Transportation certification.
  • Wear clean, unscratched, high-quality goggles or a face shield on your helmet for eye protection—and make sure it is clear when night riding.
  • Keep your hands covered with durable, comfortable gloves that allow a firm grip on the controls.
  • Avoid riding between lanes of slow moving or stopped traffic.
  • Know and obey traffic laws, including ordinances in your community.
  • Use signals when turning or changing lanes, always check the rearview mirrors.

Remember that a motorcycle requires more skill and coordination to operate than a car. Riders must ride aware, know their limits, and ride within them. Riders must also be aware of and understand their motorcycle's limitations and the environment in which they ride.

DC DMV at Your Fingertips

On the move and need to submit an address change or private sale vehicle registration request? DC DMV at your fingertips can get the job done!

Our mobile app transactions includes:

  • CDL Human Trafficking Awareness Training
  • Driver License and ID Card Renewal
  • Driver License and ID Card Replacement
  • Insurance Lapse Payment
  • Organ Donor Status Update
  • Insurance Lapse Payment
  • Provisional License Conversion Request
  • Registration Renewal
  • Registration Replacement
  • Tag Cancellation
  • Ticket Payment

Scan the QR code below to download our mobile app today!


Inspection Station to Transition to Spring/Summer Hours

DC DMV Inspection Station

Effective Tuesday, June 6, 2023, the Inspection Station will transition to "Spring/Summer" operating hours. The Inspection Station operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Day Time
Tuesday 6 am - 2 pm
Wednesday 7 am - 2 pm
Thursday 6 am - 2 pm
Friday 6 am - 2 pm
Saturday 6 am - 2 pm

Clean Hands Law Update

DC DMV will no longer prevent DC residents from applying for a new or renewed driver’s license because of failing to meet the requirements of the Clean Hands Law.

DC DMV Supports National Blue and Green Day

2023 Blue and Green Day

National Donate Life Blue and Green Day is a part of National Donate Life Month, which is observed in April of each year. On April 14, DC DMV wore blue and green to help promote the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor.

#DonateLife #BeADonor 💚💙

Holiday Closure Updates

Memorial Day

In recognition of Memorial Day, all DC DMV locations will be closed Saturday, May 27 and Monday, May 29. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, May 30.


In recognition of Juneteenth, all DC DMV locations will be closed Saturday, June 17 and Monday, June 19. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, June 20.

Many of DC DMV's services will remain available online or via the agency's free mobile app.