2019 District of Columbia Code
Title 50 - Motor and Non-Motor Vehicles and Traffic.
Chapter 14 - Operators’ Permits and Identification Cards.
Subchapter I - General.
§ 50–1401.03. Federally-accepted driver’s license — Identification card option.

Universal Citation: DC Code § 50–1401.03 (2019)

(a)(1) The Mayor may offer a resident the option of applying for a driver’s license or a special identification card that will be accepted by the federal government for any official purpose, subject to the applicable federal requirements.

(1A) Repealed.

(1B)(A) The application fee for a driver's license or a special identification card issued pursuant to this section shall be waived for:

(i) An individual released from the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons ("BOP"), for one year after the individual is released from the custody of the BOP; and

(ii) An individual in the custody of the BOP at a halfway house in the District.

(B) The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, may issue rules to implement the provisions of this paragraph.

(2) An applicant for an identification card who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable may submit to the Department of Motor Vehicles, along with any other documentation required by this chapter, a DD Form 214, a WD AGO form, or a DD256 form certifying the applicant’s veteran status. Upon receipt of this documentation, the Department of Motor Vehicles shall display the word “veteran” in capital letters on the applicant’s identification card.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to take actions as specified in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005, approved May 11, 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-13; 119 Stat. 231) [see note under 49 U.S.C. § 30301], and the regulations authorized pursuant to that act so that a driver’s license or special identification card issued to a person choosing an option described in subsection (a) of this section shall be accepted by the federal government for any official purpose.

(Mar. 3, 1925, ch. 443, § 8a; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-279, § 202(e), 54 DCR 903; Dec. 13, 2013, D.C. Law 20-52, § 2(b), 60 DCR 15157; Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-195, § 3(b), 63 DCR 15016; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-168, § 3072(b), 65 DCR 9388; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, §§ 3053(b), 7183, 66 DCR 8621.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-52 added (a)(2).


Applicability of D.C. Law 21-195: § 4 of D.C. Law 21-195 provided that the change made to this section by § 3(b) of D.C. Law 21-195 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3073(b) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 65 DCR 11212).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3073(b) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-52: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-52 provided that the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.

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