DC DMV Raises Tag Transfer Fee, Adds Clarity to Some Tag/Title Transactions

As noted by their most recent quarterly newsletter, the DC DMV announced two dealer-related fee increases, which went into effect on October 1, while also announcing they will process title and tag transactions for city residents with expired licenses.

Tag transfer fees are now $12 per transaction, up from $7, while reciprocity sticker permit fees are being doubled from $50 to $100.

The DMV also clarified that they are issuing an emergency exception that will allow them to process vehicle title and tag transactions for District residents whose drivers licenses or IDs have expired. Currently, almost all DC DMV documents that expired on March 1, 2020 or later – including IDs, registrations, temporary tags, and inspections – have been granted extensions until 45 days after the current public health emergency order expires. The public health emergency order is currently in effect through the end of 2020, and will likely be extended further.

In-person DC DMV services are still being provided on an appointment-only basis, and open timeslots continue to be limited. As a result, the DC DMV continues to encourage dealers to do as much processing work as possible through the Online Dealer Interface System. As noted in the newsletter, if your dealership does not use ODIS and would like to, please contact Darnell Fountain, the DMV’s vehicle services administrator, at darnell.fountain@dc.gov.

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