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Welcome to District of Columbia! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in District of Columbia. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Any moving violation that does not contribute to an accident and is not listed may be 2-3 points.
10 - 11 points: DC license suspended, lose driving privileges for 90 days.
12 or more points: DC license revoked, lose driving privileges until DMV reinstates license (at least 6 months after revocation).
The Compulsory/No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act requires that every person applying for registration or a reciprocity sticker in DC, have valid DC vehicle insurance. The insurance must be maintained as long as the vehicle is registered. Lapses in coverage are subject to fines. Do not cancel insurance until vehicle tags are surrendered to DMV.
The minimum insurance coverage required is:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 300 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
All moving vehicle violations when workers are present are subject to two times the original fine.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance. You should signal for a much greater distance and a longer time interval when traveling at a high speed.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
A 3-foot minimum passing distance is required.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.
Do not follow a fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm closer than 500 feet, or drive into or park within the block where the fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.