ROSA Registration of Out of State Automobiles


Hey Andrew! Your sister told me you were here visiting Washington, DC and staying with her for a while. How are you? Not so good. What’s going on? I just got this warning notice for not displaying DC tags. I didn’t know you could get a notice for that. Well I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds like you need Rosa. Rosa? Who is that? Not who, what! Rosa is a vehicle permit you need if you’re going to be staying in Washington DC overnight regularly and are not a resident. Tell me more. Hi. I’m Rosa. Registration Of Out-of-State Automobiles. You need me if you are not a Washington, DC resident and regularly parked overnight in the district. If you are a District resident then your vehicle must be registered and display a valid DC DMV inspection sticker and tags. Getting that warning notice can be scary, but I’m going to explain to you how to apply for a ROSA exemption. If you are a frequent overnight visitor to the District, meaning you have frequent short-term visits with overnight stays, and you have received a warning notice or ticket from the Department of Public Works for parking a vehicle without registration or tags, you may apply for a ROSA exemption online or by mail. You will need the following documents to get a ROSA exemption: A copy of the warning notice or ticket issued to the vehicle in question. Your original lease, deed, or mortgage statement for your out-of-state residence. A current utility bill issued within 60 calendar days at your out-of-state residence and your valid registration card for the vehicle in question. If you reside with someone and the lease deed or mortgage statement is not in your name, you must provide all of the following as proof of non district residency. A copy of the warning notice or ticket issued to the vehicle in question. A statement from the individual you reside with attesting to the fact that you reside at that individual’s home. A copy of the individuals original lease, deed, or mortgage statement. A copy of the individual’s current utility bill issued within 60 calendar days. Your valid vehicle registration card for the vehicle in question. The registration card must reflect the same address that is on the individual’s original lease, deed, or mortgage statement and utility bill. You may apply for the ROSA exemption online at dmv.dc.gov. Then go to online service and click the link to ROSA registration under Vehicle Services. You also have the option to mail the required documents to DC DMV: Attention ROSA Exemption PO Box 90120, Washington DC 20090. Your ROSA exemption receipt will be sent to you within five calendar days. Once you receive the receipt, you can file it away because you don’t have to display it on your dashboard. That probably sounds like a lot, but it’s a pretty simple process and the great news is your ROSA exemption is free of charge and good for one year. For more information about the ROSA exemption and all DC DMV services, please visit the website at dmv.dc.gov.

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