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Buying and Selling a Vehicle

Buying and selling a vehicle can be a difficult process. Therefore, we have provided information and tips that will assist you in the process.

Buying a Vehicle

Buying and selling a vehicle can be a difficult process. Therefore, we have provided information and tips that will assist you in the process.

Selling a Vehicle

Things to Do When Selling a Vehicle:

  • Remove your license tags from the vehicle and return them to DC DMV either in person or by mail. If you do not, you may be liable for any traffic violations occurring while your tags remain on the car. You will also need to surrender your tag.
  • Provide the new owner with the properly signed title. If the vehicle is being sold to another DC resident or a DC dealership, the existing vehicle inspection sticker is still valid until it expires.
  • The buyer will need to visit a DC DMV service center to obtain a temporary DC registration to take the vehicle through inspection once you remove your license tags.
  • If you have more than six months remaining on a vehicle registration, and you do not plan to transfer the registration to another vehicle, you may request a refund of the unused portion portion (in six month increments) of the registration from DC DMV. Parking permit and inspection fees cannot be refunded.

Visit the District's Consumer Protection website for additional information about buying vehicles and what to do if you have a consumer complaint related to the purchase of a vehicle.