DC DMV Extends Deadline for License, ID Renewal

Deadline Extended from July to September

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A vehicle passes through the intersection of 12th Street & Independence Avenue SE after waiting at the all-way stop.

This week, the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) extended the time residents have to renew expired driver licenses and identification (ID) cards from July 1, 2021 to Sept. 9, 2021.

This will give residents more time to renew driver licenses and other ID cards that require an in-person appointment at a DMV Service Center.

There is no change to the enforcement of valid inspections and vehicle registrations. Enforcement of those resumed on June 1, 2021.

In-person service at all DC DMV service centers, adjudication services, and the Deanwood CDL Office is by appointment only. DC DMV says they will be offering more appointments and additional options to help make sure all residents have a chance to get up-to-date before the deadline.

  • Beginning this month, the number of new appointments released each week will increase from 6,000 to 10,000 as DMV employees return to work and operating capacity increases.
  • The DC DMV Rhode Island Service Center will reopen at full capacity beginning Friday, June 25, 2021.
  • Employees are working overtime so appointments may be scheduled on some Monday and Wednesday evenings.

DMV says they will monitor appointments to add additional appointment slots where demand is highest.

TNew appointments are added to the online appointment scheduler Tuesday through Friday, and may appear throughout the week due to cancellations. Residents without Internet access can call 311 to schedule appointments.

Helpful Tips from DMV:

  • DC residents with REAL ID compliant credentials (black star in upper right corner) can renew online at dmv.dc.gov, by mail, or through DC DMV’s mobile app. You do not need to make an appointment.
  • The “Non-REAL ID Credential Renewal” appointment service is only for DC residents with an expired DC driver license or ID card that is not REAL ID compliant. REAL ID cards have a star in the top right corner.
  • The “Senior Appointment” service is only for use by DC residents aged 65 or older. Note: Residents 70 and older must make an in-person appointment regardless of whether their license is REAL ID compliant to provide medical certification on a driver license application. However, seniors are not required to book this appointment category; they can book any category that has appointment availability.
  • The “New Resident” appointment service is for new DC residents who are converting an out-of-state driver license or ID card or registering and titling a vehicle with an out-of-state title/registration.
  • The “Private Sale Title/Tags” appointment service is for DC residents who have recently purchased a vehicle from a private seller and need to title and register the vehicle. If a vehicle is purchased from a dealership, that dealership is responsible for submitting the resident’s paperwork and payment to DC DMV for titling and registering. The turnaround time for DC DMV “dealer work” is 7 to 10 business days.
  • The “DL/ID and Vehicle Related Services” appointment service is for residents who need to obtain a new DC credential and/or new DC vehicle title and registration. Except for the driver knowledge testing, residents may select this category for all services requiring an in-person appointment (including renewal of non-REAL ID credential, seniors, new resident, and private sale title/tags).
    • New residents who need to complete driver license conversions and/or vehicle registrations may also schedule appointments under the “DL/ID and Vehicle Related Services” category.
  • The “Driver Knowledge Testing” appointment service is for beginning DC drivers who must demonstrate they are prepared to operate a vehicle based on DC law. Additionally, some residents have license issues that require the knowledge test to be retaken. Knowledge testing may also be scheduled at a third-party Test Proctoring Center.

For more information, visit dmv.dc.gov, call 202-737-4404 or 311.