D.C. Unveils Self-Service Vehicle Emissions Station in Takoma

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC DMV Director Gabriel Robinson unveiled the city’s first self-service vehicle inspection station, which will operate 24/7 and provide District drivers the ability to do their bi-annual inspection without having to brave the long lines at the inspection center in Southwest.

The machine, located at 300 Van Buren St. NW in Takoma, can inspect any 2005-year vehicle or later with an on-board diagnostic emissions tool. According to the DMV, more than 130,000 vehicles have completed their emissions inspection in 2019 alone, and they all came through the sole inspection center in the city, located at Half Street SW.

Drivers whose vehicles pass inspection will receive a new sticker in the mail, which is a security measure designed to prevent fraud. The city will be releasing a detailed tutorial on the kiosk in the near future, and, according to WJLA-TV, will be opening more self-service stations around the city.

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