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Summary of District of Columbia Laws

Traffic Offenses, Criminal Law, and Misdemeanors

Drivers Licenses Generally

Commercial: See under "Commercial Law - 'Uniform Classification and Commercial Driver's License Act of 1990.'"

Residential: Operator's permits are granted for periods of a maximum of eight (8) years. An individual must be at least 17 years of age, take an examination, pay a fee of $47, and be determined "mentally, morally, and physically qualified to operate a motor vehicle in such manner as not to jeopardize the safety of individuals or property." D.C. Code Ann. § 50-1401.

If the individual is under 18, they may not have more than two passengers in their vehicle unless the passengers are siblings, they and their passengers must wear seatbelts at all times. They must also adhere to a curfew by not driving outside of the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekdays and 12.01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekends and on all days during the months of July and August.

A learner's permit may be issued for a period of one (1) year to any applicant age 16 years or over who has passed all parts of the examination other than the driving demonstration test after paying a $15 fee. The permit allows the individual to operate a motor vehicle solely for pleasure, not compensation, and must be accompanied by an individual 21 years of age with a valid operator's permit who must sit in the passenger seat next to the driver.

If a student age 15 years old or older is enrolled in a driver education and training course approved by the District, the individual may drive a dual control vehicle without either an operator or learner permit with an instructor in the vehicle. At all times the student should have a certificate from the principal or authorized agent stating that the instructor is officially designated by the school to instruct students.

For additional information regarding operator and learner permits, see  D.C. Code Ann. § 50-1401

For the law regarding revocation and suspension, see D.C. Code Ann. § 50-1403.



DC DMV Drivers Licenses

updated AAS/MLO 11-10-17