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Bicycle Registration in the District of Columbia

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Bicycle Registration FAQs

Is bicycle registration required in the District of Columbia?

As of June 1, 2008, bicycle registration is no longer required in the District of Columbia.  However, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) strongly encourages residents to register their bicycles through Project 529 Garage. If your bike was previously registered through the National Bike Registry, that information has been transferred into the Project 529 Garage system.

What is the 529 Garage?

The 529 Garage is an online "community watch" for your bike. Through 529 Garage, you can quickly capture all the important information about your bike from your computer or your smartphone, at no cost!

Where can I register my bicycle?

Visit the 529 Garage webiste at

Is there a cost to register my bicycle with 529 Garage?

There is no cost to register your bicyle through the 529 Garage website.

What should I do if my bike is stolen?

As always, you should immediately file a police report with MPD.  Alert them to the fact that your bicycle is registered in the 529 Garage database and provide them with the manufacture’s serial number.  MPD will then be able to search for and attempt to recover the stolen bicycle.

Can I be stopped by MPD and asked to present my bicycle registration?

MPD officers are no longer authorized to stop bicyclists for the sole reason of checking for bicycle registration.

Where can I find additional information about 529 Garage?

Additional information about 529 Garage can be found on their website at

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