1. How do I obtain a letter from the Department of State permitting me to seek a license from a local Department of Motor Vehicles (“Non-Eligibility Letter”)?

Individuals requesting a Non-Eligibility Letter must submit the following information to the Office of Foreign Missions, marked “Attention: Driver’s Services,” 3507 International Place, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 (If you are outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, please send this request to the appropriate OFM Regional Office):

a. A request on letterhead from the sponsoring organization, mission, or agency;

b. The individual’s name and date of birth as it appears on the visa and on the I-94;

c. The current address of the individual;

d. Certification from the sponsoring organizaton of the individual’s position at the mission and a statement that the individual is not entitled to Department of State programs;

e. A copy of the I-566 (change in visa status), if applicable, and;

f. A copy of the individual’s military orders, if applicable (for foreign military personnel only).

2. How do I obtain my Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)?

Individuals requesting an MVR must submit the following information to the Office of Foreign Missions, marked “Attention: Driver’s Services,” 3507 International Place, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 (If you are outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, please send this request to the appropriate OFM Regional Office):

a. A statement requesting an MVR on mission or insurance company letterhead;

b. Applicant’s name, date of birth, driver’s license number;

c. Applicant’s Personal Identification Number, or their Diplomatic Driver’s License number.

3. How do I obtain a Driver’s License or Non-Driver Identification card?

All applications for the Department’s Diplomatic Driver’s License or Non-Driver identification card will only be accepted via the e-Gov system; please see your mission or organization’s Administrative Officer for assistance. Required supporting documentation includes:

a. E-Gov driver’s license application;

b. Visa and I-94;

c. (2) Facial view photographs 1.5” x 1.5”;

d. Photograph and Signature Card;

e. Photocopy of applicable foreign or U.S driver’s license;

f. State DMV-certified applicable testing requirements.

4. How long does it take to receive a Driver’s License or Non-Driver Identification card?

Generally, a request for a driver’s license or non-driver identification is completed in 1-5 business days. However, requests could take longer to complete during high volume periods such as summer.

5. How do I apply for the title to my vehicle?

Applications for title will only be accepted via the e-Gov system; please see your mission or organization Administrative Officer for assistance.

6. How long does it take to process a title application?

Generally, a request for vehicle title is completed in 1-2 business days. However, requests could take longer to complete during high volume periods such as summer.

7. How do I register my vehicle?

Applications for vehicle registration will only be accepted via the e-Gov system; please see your mission or organization Administrative Officer for assistance.

8. How long does it take to process a vehicle registration?

Generally, a request for vehicle registration is completed in 1-5 business days. However, requests could take longer to complete during high volume periods such as summer.

9. Why does my vehicle appear on the Vehicles with Expired Insurance Report, when I have current and valid insurance coverage?

Insurance companies do not automatically forward insurance policies to the Diplomatic Motor Vehicle (DMV) office when an insurance policy is renewed. To prevent your vehicle from appearing on the expired insurance report, you must forward a copy of the insurance declaration page to the Office of Foreign Missions, marked “Attention: Insurance Verification unit,” 3507 International Place, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008, or to the appropriate OFM Regional Office. For those in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, this information may be scanned and sent via email to ofmdmvinsurance@state.gov.

10. What is an insurance binder?

When applying for new insurance, the insurance company will complete a written contract, known as a binder. Included in this document will be a binder number that will be assigned for 45 days until the insurance company has had time to issue a policy number. Once an individual has received his/her copy of the declaration page with the policy number, this must be forwarded to the Office of Foreign Missions, marked “Attention: Insurance Verification unit,” 3507 International Place, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 or to the appropriate OFM Regional Office. For those in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, this information may be scanned and sent via email to ofmdmvinsurance@state.gov.

11. What happens when an insurance policy is renewed by an insurance company?

When your policy becomes due for renewal, in six months or one year, you will receive a bill from the insurance company. Once you send your payment to the company and/or agent, you will receive an insurance identification card and declaration page in the mail. A copy of the declaration page must be forwarded to the Office of Foreign Missions, marked “Attention: Insurance Verification unit,” 3507 International Place, N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 or to the appropriate OFM Regional Office via your mission’s administrative officer to update your record. For those in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, this information may be scanned and sent via email to ofmdmvinsurance@state.gov. Updated insurance information is required to renew your annual vehicle registration card and decal.

12. When will I receive my registration renewal decal for my vehicle’s license plate?

The registration renewals are printed on the first business day of every month and distribution occurs during that week. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the registration renewals and decals are available for pickup in the Office of Foreign Mission’s Customer Service Center located at 3507 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C., 20008. Outside the Washington Metropolitan Area, please see the OFM Regional Office that serves your area.

13. What is the procedure if I’ve lost my renewal decal?

All applications for lost decals are made through the e-Gov system; please see your mission or organization Administrative Officer for assistance. Note that there is a fee of $35 for a lost decal, but if the decal has been stolen, a police report must be filed and reported to OFM/DMV to get an OFM Report Number. There is no fee if the stolen decal has been reported to the police.

14. Where do I place the renewal decal on my vehicle’s license plate?

The renewal decal must be placed on the rear license plate of the vehicle in the lower left hand corner directly over the decal it replaces. The license plate may not be encased in a license plate frame as this obscures the decal and its expiration date.

15. Are foreign missions or their members exempt from parking tickets?

No. Foreign missions and mission members and their families are not exempt from resolving parking tickets. In accordance with international treaties, host government laws and regulations are to be respected. All parking tickets must either be paid or contested directly with the local jurisdiction issuing the ticket. The U.S. Department of State has no authority to intervene or dismiss tickets or fines. Failure to resolve parking tickets can result in nonrenewal of the annual vehicle registration for the offending mission or mission member.

16. Can foreign mission members be issued traffic citations by police for motor vehicle law violations?

Yes. Under international law and practice, persons enjoying immunity from the jurisdiction of the host country’s laws are nonetheless obligated to respect those laws. Police are to always treat foreign diplomatic and consular personnel with respect and due regard to the privileges and immunities to which they are entitled; however immunity is not a license for misconduct. In the interest of public safety, police may issue citations for alleged traffic violations; however, individuals possessing immunity may not be arrested or detained. The U.S. Department of State has no authority to intervene with local jurisdictions or to dismiss violations or fines, and all mission members are expected to resolve their violations with the local jurisdiction. Failure to resolve traffic violations could result in the loss of driving privileges. Policies and procedures for resolving motor vehicle violations and law enforcement matters are outlined here.

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