DC DMV News: November 2023

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November 2023                                                                                                                                        

A Message from Director Robinson

Gabriel Robinson

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to work with so many hard-working colleagues who demonstrate their dedication to public service and providing quality customer service. We are truly saving lives everyday through the many services we offer District residents and the broader public.

DC DMV's mission is to promote the safe operation of motor vehicles and public safety, while providing outstanding customer service. In this month's newsletter, we include information about our new dealer's corner and vehicle inspections and safety programs webpages.

For residents who have served our country in uniform, we include a reminder that DC DMV continues to offer Veteran specialty vehicle tags available at all service centers. Thank you to the brave men and women across the District who have served.

Additionally, as November is National Child Safety and Protection Month, please read this month's #VisionZeroDC article below where we highlight several important tips to help prevent children from being injured or killed due to powered windows. Remember, we all have a responsibility to keep our children safe!

Finally, your feedback is important to us so please join me for our 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 online live chat is scheduled for Thursday, December 7 at 12 p.m. 

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

Thanksgiving Holiday


Holiday Closure Update

In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, all DC DMV locations will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. DC DMV Service Centers and Inspection Station will resume regular business hours on Saturday, November 25.

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

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Child Safety - Power Windows

November is Child Protection and Safety Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the potential dangers that children face every day.

Children can hurt themselves with power windows. Many have been injured when a window closes on their finger, wrist or hand. Some children have even been strangled by power windows.

Prevention Tips

  • Teach your children not to play with window switches.
  • Teach your children not to stand on passenger door arm rests.
  • Properly restrain your children in car seats or seat belts to prevent them from accidentally activating power windows and sunroofs.
  • Look and make sure your children's hands, feet and head, are clear of windows before raising the windows.
  • Never leave the key in the ignition or in the "on" or "accessory" position when you walk away from your car.
  • If available, activate the power window lock switch so that your children cannot play with the windows.

What You Need to Know, Now

  • Your car may have child safety settings for power windows, but that doesn’t mean your child will not find a way to test the system. Never leave your children alone in a vehicle for any reason.
  • All model year 2010 and newer vehicles will have "pull to close" switches [source - Amphenol NEXUS Technologies], which require you to pull up on them to close the window. Older vehicles may have window switches that a child can accidentally step or put weight on, easily causing a window to close.
  • Some vehicles have power windows that automatically reverse when an object (such as your child's arm or neck) is in the path of a closing window. Check both the individual vehicle rating pages on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website and your owner's manual to see if your vehicle is equipped with this safety technology.

Download our Free Mobile App Today: DC DMV at Your Fingertips

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Are you eligible to convert your provisional license to a REAL ID license? #SkipTheTrip and convert via our free mobile app!

Remember, you must have held a valid provisional license for at least six months.

Other mobile app transactions include:

  • Address Change Request
  • Address Change Request Payment
  • CDL Human Trafficking Awareness Training
  • Digital Registration Card
  • Driver License and ID Card Renewal
  • Driver License and ID Card Replacement
  • Insurance Lapse Payment
  • Order Personalized Tags
  • Organ Donor Status Update
  • Private Sale Vehicle Registration Request
  • Registration Renewal
  • Tag Cancellation
  • Ticket Payment

and much more!

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

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DC DMV Participates in #DCHiresVets Hiring Event

DC Hires Vets

On Thursday, November 9, DC DMV participated in the #DCHiresVets Career Fair at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Hosted by the DC Department of Human Resources, DC DMV held interviews for 26 open Hearing Examiner positions. During this event, DC DMV made 16 contingency offers.

Veterans Specialty Tags Available at DC DMV

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As we celebrated Veterans Day this month, DC DMV reminds our District veterans they can purchase a veterans specialty license plate at any DC DMV service center. The specialty tags include separate designs and emblems for each branch of the United States Armed Forces including:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Coast Guard
  • Marines
  • Navy

Veterans will pay a one-time application fee of $52 for the specialty tag and a yearly display fee of $26. Both the application and yearly display fees support the Office of Veterans Affairs Fund through a specially dedicated fund.

Additional information on DC DMV specialty vehicle tags is available here.

DC DMV's Dealer's Corner

Dealer's Corner

DC DMV's dealer's corner is designed to assist dealers with all dealer-related transactions.

Dealers are able to obtain the most recent and updated information on vehicle titling, registration fees and the required documents.

For more information, please visit our website here.

Vehicle Inspections and Safety Programs

Inspectiona and Safety Programs

DC DMV's goal is to cultivate innovative solutions to improve customer safety. Our strategies are to promote #VisionZeroDC and partner with other agencies to increase safety awareness.

DC DMV encourages vehicle owners to get in the habit of checking for recalls and getting their vehicles repaired. Don't risk your safety, that of your loved ones or others on the road by failing to address any open vehicle recalls.

Visit our vehicle inspections and safety programs webpage to learn more information about DC's inspection program, how to check your vehicle recalls and much more.


Did you know you can have your child car safety seat inspected and properly installed at DC DMV's Inspection Station? DMV offers free inspections during normal operating hours at 1001 Half Street SW.

A Certified Passenger Child Safety Technician will properly install the child safety seat and share information with parents and caregivers about the importance and proper use of child safety seats.