D.C DMV Vehicle Transfer | Vehicle Donations

Title Transfer

Washington, D.C.

When you donate your car and do not transfer your vehicle tags to another vehicle, you must cancel your vehicle tag registration, or surrender your vehicle tags to the State. Be sure to cancel the vehicle registration prior to cancelling insurance.

Vehicle Tag Cancellation or Surrender

There are 3 ways in Washington, DC to notify the DC DMV that you have donated your car: online, by mail or in person. Remember to cancel the registration before cancelling the insurance for the vehicle. You can find more information and forms for each notification method below:


1. TO CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION AND SURRENDER YOUR TAGS ONLINE:

*PREFERRED METHOD* If possible, we highly recommend completing forms online instead of by mail, so you may easily save and print out a copy for your records that includes a date/timestamp. Also, when completed online a receipt can be printed ensuring it's been received by the DC DMV.

Click on the button below to begin your Vehicle Tag Cancellation online. Only the primary owner of the vehicle can cancel the tag registration online. If the vehicle is co-owned, then the primary person is the person listed first on the vehicle registration card. If you do not meet these requirements, you must surrender your vehicle tages by mail or in person at a DC DMV service center.

VEHICLE TAG CANCELLATION


2. TO SURRENDER YOUR TAGS BY MAIL:

DC will mail you a receipt for your records. Please wait until you receive your surrendered tag receipt to cancel your insurance to avoid insurance lapse fines.

Mail Tags To:
DC DMV
Vehicle Registration
PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090


3. TO SURRENDER YOUR TAGS IN PERSON:

Only the primary owner of the vehicle can cancel the tag registration online. If the vehicle is co-owned, then the primary person is the person listed first on the vehicle registration card. If you do not meet these requirements, you must surrender your vehicle tags by mail or in person at a DC DMV service center.

Click HERE for a list of DC DMV Service Centers.

LICENSE PLATES


Remember to wait to cancel the vehicle's insurance until after you've cancelled the registration by returning the plates.

Please remove the license plates and surrender them to DC DMV if you are NOT transferring tags to another vehicle. Be sure to always retain the tag cancellation receipt for your records. Always surrender the license plates or cancel your registration BEFORE cancelling your insurance.

Tag Transfer


Click HERE for more information on Tag Surrender and Disposal.


PLEASE BE ADVISED:


The purchaser of your donated vehicle is NOT the charity. It will either be the vendor or Charitable Adult Rides & Services.
For more information, contact the DC DMV.

DC DMV
Processing Center
95 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024 Phone: 202.737.4404
Email: dmv@dc.gov
DC DMV Website