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    Permanent Moves

    Motorists moving outside D.C. on a permanent basis should notify the Department of Motor Vehicles(DMV) of the change of address by going to a service location, or completing the change online.

    Surrender Your Plates

    Washington D.C. requires you to surrender your license tags. Once you've registered the vehicle in your new state, go to a DMV service location and hand over your D.C. registration and tags.

    You can also mail the tags and registration to:

    • D.C. DMV
    • P.O. Box 90120
    • Washington, DC 20090

    Make sure to get a receipt of the transaction, since you can be held responsible for any traffic violations committed on stolen tags you failed to surrender.

    The DMV doesn't offer refunds on unused registrations.

    Preparing for the Move

    Make matters easier for yourself either before or shortly after moving by visiting our "New to Your State" section, which gives an overview of driving-related tasks that should be tackled immediately after you settle into your new home.

    Military Information

    Those in the military who will be temporarily living outside the district should check out our Drivers in the Military section for important registration and license information regarding their special situation.

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