DMV to Open April 29 in Georgetown; New IDs Coming

The ribbon to the Georgetown DMV service center is cut April 14 by Brian Boyle, Brian Hanlon, Jack Evans, Mayor Vincent Gray, Mary Cheh, Lucinda Babers and Bill Starrels.
Robert Devaney
The ribbon to the Georgetown DMV service center is cut April 14 by Brian Boyle, Brian Hanlon, Jack Evans, Mayor Vincent Gray, Mary Cheh, Lucinda Babers and Bill Starrels.

Mayor Vincent Gray and other D.C. officials cut the ribbon April 14 for the soon-to-reopen Georgetown service office of the Department of Motor Vehicles after its nearly two-year absence. As it was previously, the office is located in the Georgetown Park retail complex at 3222 M St., NW. Entry for the DMV center is the one at the western M Street entrance of the retail complex for DSW and Washington Sports Club.

The Georgetown DMV will open for business April 29: hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The new 12,000-square-foot space has 150 seats and is twice the area as the old center; it is on the lower level. On average, the Georgetown DMV has handled 500 persons per day; the new center will be able to handle at least 600 per day.

Speaking at the morning press conference were Gray, council members Jack Evans of Ward 2 (where the DMV office is located) Mary Cheh and advisory neighborhood commissioner Bill Starrels -- along with Brian Hanlon, director of the D.C. Department of General Services, and Lucinda Babers, DMV director -- and representatives of landlord Vornado Realty Trust and contractor Davis Construction.

Babers said she was grateful for all the teamwork to make the DMV office return to Georgetown after its May 2012 closing. Declaring it "a beautiful at the DMV," Babers said, "It takes a village." Meanwhile, she noted DMV workers were undergoing employee training.

Also coming are new requirements for DMV-issued identification cards. There are already newly designed driver IDs. On Oct. 1, updated federal IDs will be required for entry into federal buildings -- a particularly acute need for those who work and live in D.C. The REAL ID Act will require revalidation of all driver's licenses in the years ahead. By April 1, 2016, old IDs regardless of expiration date will not be acknowledged for air travel by the Transportation Security Adminstration.

DMV will notify those whose IDs will become obsolete, Babers said, and assign appointment times to come into the DMV center to revalidate. Baber said DMV has issued 541,000 driver or non-driver IDs.

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