DC DMV News: July 2023 Newsletter

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July 2023                                                                                                                                         Special Edition

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

Greetings DC! Summer is here and for many of us, this time usually means vacations and road trips. I encourage everyone to be safe and follow the rules of the road. Also, when traveling in the District, please watch out for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly when approaching intersections. By taking these actions, we can all help achieve the Mayor's Vision Zero goal to reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers.

In this month's newsletter, we include some safety tips on how to maintain your vehicle tires. Be TireWise because the only thing between you and the road are your tires.

Additionally, we announce the partnership with Thales Group to provide DC residents with a “new look, new security, same you”, credential.

I'm also proud to share that DC DMV recently received an award from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) recognizing DC DMV's outstanding community outreach and service efforts.

Finally, as a reminder, 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, August 3 at 12 p.m. Spread the word!

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

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Vehicle Tire Maintenance

Being TireWise is essential to safe driving. The only thing between you and the road are your tires. TireWise provides drivers with information about buying tires, tire maintenance and labeling, aging, fuel efficiency and authorized tire retailers.

Safety Tips

How well do you take care of your tires? Do you keep them properly inflated? Do you check if they're worn? How much do you know about basic tire maintenance and its impact on safety and fuel consumption? If you care about your safety and about saving money, it's important to understand how tires affect your vehicle’s performance.

Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure

  1. Step 1: Locate the recommended tire pressure on the Tire and Loading Information Labels on the driver's side door edge or in the owner's manual. Remember, the correct pressure for your tire is what the vehicle manufacturer has listed, not what is listed on the tire itself.
  2. Step 2: Check the tire pressure of all tires.
  3. Step 3: If the tire pressure is too high in any of the tires, slowly release air by gently pressing on the tire valve stem with the edge of your tire gauge until you get to the correct pressure.
  4. Step 4: If the tire pressure is too low, note the difference between the measured tire pressure and the correct tire pressure. Then, at a service station, add these "missing" pounds of pressure to each tire that is under inflated.
  5. Step 5: Check all the tires to make sure they have the same air pressure, except in cases in which the front and rear tires are supposed to have different amounts of pressure.

DC DMV at Your Fingertips

DC DMV at Your Fingertips

#DidYouKnow with DC DMV at Your Fingertips you can submit payment for outstanding tickets or replace your driver license or ID card? Scan the QR code below to download to get the job done!

Our mobile app transactions include:

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

DC DMV Launches Uniquely DC, More Secure Driver Licenses and ID Cards for District Residents

Effective Monday, July 17, DC DMV is bridging technology, exceptional security and an unparalleled design that is uniquely DC with the release of its newly designed driver licenses and identification cards.


Created in partnership with Thales Group, this new design will help protect DC residents from identity theft and features vibrant colors, cherry blossoms, the Wood Thrush (the District’s official bird) and the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

For customers who currently have the previous version of the DC credential, the purchase of the new ID is not required. Your current driver license or ID card remains valid until it’s noted date of expiration.

For more information, please visit our website at dmv.dc.gov/securecredential or scan the QR code below.

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DC DMV Receives Community Service Award

2023 AAMVA Award

From May 23-25, 2023, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) held its Region 1 Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. During the conference, DC DMV was presented with the 2023 Community Service Award for "DC DMV Supports Annual Senior Fest Event." This award is presented to jurisdictions, who demonstrate exemplary efforts in community outreach programs, such as providing backpack supplies for returning veterans, food drives, gifts for children, adoption of military families, etc.