If you’re moving to the DC area, or just relocating within it, understanding the basics of residential parking permits (RPP) and how to get them is essential. Most areas allow for only two-hour parking without an RPP, which makes obtaining one incredibly important. Depending on the block where you live, you may have a zone marker to indicate your parking area or another feature. No matter where you live, you can only use one RPP sticker at a time, having two may cause you to incur a ticket.
Getting An RRP
When you register a vehicle with the DC DMV, you may receive an RPP as a part of the process. Otherwise, you may visit any location and provide a valid DC DMV credential or reciprocity permit, a vehicle registration card and pay any applicable fees. If you do need to register your vehicle, you can also set up an RPP online through the DC DMV website. If your registration is not due, you must visit the DMV in person to apply and may need to bring additional proof of address to obtain your RPP.
To Replace An RPP
If you have moved, are changing your vehicle tag number, or have to replace a windshield you will likely need to replace your RPP zone sticker. If you’ve moved, you will need to fill out a change of address for your vehicle registration and your RPP can be changed during the process. If you did not have an RPP before your move, you would need to go to the DMV in person to update it. If you are changing your tags, you will once again need to visit the DMV to provide a current drivers license and a vehicle registration with the new tag number. In most cases, changing or obtaining an RPP must be done at a physical DMV location. Even if you only need a replacement sticker with no changes or updates, you will have to visit a DC DMV service center.
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