DC DMV News: March 2024 Newsletter

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March 2024

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 for celebrating St. Patrick's Day and how you can stay safe while still having fun. Also, DMV recently launched a new self-service emissions test kiosk in Ward 8. Read on to learn more about this convenient addition for District residents.

On Friday, February 16 I testified before the Committee on Transportation and the Environment in DMV's Performance Oversight Hearing, providing an overview of DC DMV's Fiscal Year 2023-24 activities. Keep reading for more information on how to watch the hearing if you missed it live. Coming up on Tuesday, March 26, I will testify again before that same committee, providing testimony on Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2025 proposed budget. 

March is Women's History Month and this month we are celebrating the amazing #TeamDMV women throughout our social media channels. Read on to find out how you can follow us on social media. 

Finally, your feedback is important so please join me for our DC DMV Live Chat held the first Thursday of each month. We will 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 4 at 12 p.m

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


Holiday Closure Update

Emancipation Day

In recognition of DC Emancipation Day all DC DMV locations will be closed on Tuesday, April 16. Regular business hours will resume on Wednesday, April 17.


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Stay Safe on St. Patrick's Day: Don't Drink and Drive

On March 17, millions of people across the globe will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Steeped in Irish tradition, the day is generally filled with festivities, including colorful parades and parties. St. Patrick's Day is also one of the most popular drinking nights of the year, making it one of the deadliest times to be on the road. Let's make this year one without any drunk driving fatalities. Here's what you can do to prevent drunk driving on St. Patrick's Day: 

  • Plan a safe ride home before you start to party, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver, or keep reading to learn more about the WRAP program below.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home.
  • If you drink, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, a ride-hailing service, utilize the WRAP SoberRide, or call a sober friend.
  • Offer non-alcoholic drink options if you are hosting a party where there’s alcohol, and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
  • Always wear your seat belt — it's the best defense against drunk drivers.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, safely pull over and call law enforcement.

Offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the 2024 St. Patrick’s Day SoberRide® program will be in operation beginning at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), until 12:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18th as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk period.


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. 

Remember, no punctuation or symbols are permitted on DC DMV personalized tags, and other restrictions may apply. For more information, visit our website here.

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 also send you an email notification if you have provided the agency with your email address.

Don't delay! Download our free mobile app and have DC DMV At Your Fingertips when you order your personalized tags today!

DMV launches second self-service OBD emissions test kiosk in Fort Stanton

Ward 8 Kiosk

DC DMV has opened its second self-service on-board diagnostic (OBD) kiosk in Ward 8’s Fort Stanton neighborhood. The new kiosk allows District residents to perform their own vehicle emissions tests on a 24-hour, seven days per week basis.

The newest OBD emissions kiosk is located in the Fort Stanton Recreation Center at 1812 Erie Street SE. The ATM-style kiosk includes touch screen technology, an integrated VIN bar code scanner, step-by-step audio support and other user-friendly features.

The District’s first self-service emission kiosk, launched by Mayor Bowser in 2019, remains available to residents at the Takoma Recreation Center on 300 Van Buren Street NW.

For more information about vehicle inspections and self-service kiosk emissions testing, visit our website.

DMV testifies before DC Council committee in Performance Oversight Hearing

DMV Performance Oversight

On Friday, February 16, 2024, DMV's Director Gabriel Robinson went before the DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment to provide testimony for the DMV's Performance Oversight Hearing, giving an overview of DMV's Fiscal Year 2023-2024 activities. If you missed the hearing, watch it here or read Director Robinson's testimony on our website here.

March is Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Happy Women's History Month, DC!

This month we honor women's unique contributions to American history, and the automotive industry. Visit us on social media (Facebook | Instagram | X) where DMV is celebrating the accomplishments of several amazing women across the agency who embody our mission as they help ensure the safe operation of motor vehicles and promote public safety.

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

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