The District of Columbia Registration Information

Washington D.C.

New to Washington D.C.? Register your vehicle.

If your vehicle has tags from another jurisdiction, you may go directly to the inspection station. Once your vehicle has passed inspection, you may apply for registration at a DMV customer service center.

  • To apply for vehicle registration and title at a D.C. DMV service location, you must provide proof of D.C. insurance coverage, present the required documents and pay applicable fees.
  • If your vehicle is leased, you must request the title from your lienholder prior to titling/registering the vehicle and present the lease agreement with the signature of the leasing company and lessee (legible photocopies accepted).
  • If your vehicle has a lien, you must present the title from your lienholder prior to titling/registering the vehicle.