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Get Your Vehicle Registration, Driver’s License Back Up-to-Date

The moratorium on parking enforcement is going to end soon –and you’re going to want to renew your driver’s license and vehicle registration as well.

Those are among the government services that the District will restart in phases, parking by June 1 and driver’s license and registration by July 1.

Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) discussed the resumption of services during the April 19th situational update, together with additional details on the District’s vaccine rollout.

Parking Enforcement 

Long-planed increases to fees for Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program, will go into effect June 1. The fee goes from $35 to $50 as for the first car and increases for each additional vehicle.

Services that were suspended last spring amid the public health emergency will resume on the following schedules.

Starting June 1:

  • All parking enforcement will resume
  • Vehicles parked in towing zones will be towed
  • Street sweeping areas will be enforced
  • Vehicles must display DC registration and inspection stickers
  • Parking and traffic tickets issues after June 1 will be subject to the adjudication hearing timelines listed on the back of the ticket

Starting July 1:

  • Vehicles with two or more unsatisfied tickets more than 60 days old will be booted
  • All DC driver’s license holders and ID card holders to display valid credentials
  • DC medical cannabis program patient or caregiver card must have a valid expiration date

Vehicle registration must be completed online or by mail as the District’s DMV does not handle those requests in person. Additionally, for residents with a real ID (with a black star on the card), their cards can also be renewed online or by mail.

Only those who are not “real ID compliant” need to visit the DMV in person and can make an appointment online at (dmv.dc.gov).

DC Public Library 

The DC Public Library will expand its current operations beginning May 3. The library will be remain open on Saturdays at the currently operational locations.

Both the Deanwood and Southeast libraries will begin offering limited in-person services and will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The library will no longer close from 2 p.m to 3 p.m., however regular cleaning practices will remain in place.

The Southwest library, which was modernized over the last two years, will reopen May 6, Bowser said.

Vaccine Rollout

More than 212,000 DC residents have received one or more doses of the vaccine as of Monday morning.

The Homebound Initiative begins April 26. Those District residents unable to leave their homes can call the vaccine hotline and DC Health will arrange to come to their homes to administer the shots.

Although plans tentatively included the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, use of which has been termporarily suspended, the DC Health Director said she was confident they could begin the program using the Moderna vaccine. She added that planning was critical, whether the program used a 1- or 2-dose vaccine, and so early registration will help the agency work out the logistics, she said.

Homebound residents can enroll by calling 1-855-363-0333

As of Monday, April 12, all DC residents aged 16 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine. To preregister for a vaccine appointment, DC residents and employees can visit coronavirus.dc.gov or call (855-363-0333).

Sarah Payne is a History and Neuroscience student at The University of Michigan interning with HillRag. She writes for and serves as an assistant news editor for Michigan’s student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. You can reach her at sarahp@hillrag.com. 

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