Visitor Parking Passes Expire Sept. 30th, You’ll Need to Apply for a New One – “in the coming weeks DDOT will be providing details on when and how” to do it


From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that the Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program will be available District wide to all Residential Parking Permit (RPP) eligible households and those in ANCs 1A, 1B and 1C.

The VPP program is designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on RPP blocks.  To see the list of RPP designated street blocks visit

The current pass expires September 30, 2013 and unlike previous years DDOT is no longer automatically mailing the pass to residents.  Instead, residents will be required to apply for the pass through a simplified, user-friendly method made available through DDOT.  In the coming weeks DDOT will be providing details on when and how residents will be able to apply for a VPP.

The new pass will be provided free of charge and will be valid for one-year; effective October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.  The VPP is only valid during the hours of RPP enforcement and only one pass will be available per household or specified unit. VPP remains valid only in the same ANC boundary as the residence.

Please Note: District residents cannot use a VPP in lieu of registering their vehicles with the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If residents who receive a pass have guests that stay overnight regularly, then the visitor must register their vehicle through the Registration of Out of State Automobile (ROSA) program once a Warning Citation is issued by DPW parking enforcement personnel. Residents will also continue to be able to obtain Temporary Parking Passes from Metropolitan Police Department stations for eligible vehicles.”

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  • I’m relieved– my gf managed to lose ours the first month we had it. Fortunately our driving visitors only seem to come on weekends.

  • They are making us apply and waiting until the last minute to set up the process? Doesn’t seem like a great plan.

  • devoe

    I can’t believe DDOT is renewing this program – hear me loud and clear


    I really don’t understand how blanketing the city with free parking passes that encourage people not to pay for RPPs is supposed to help with the parking problem.

    This program is ill-conceived and needs to be eliminated.

    • This is not true AT ALL. I had my girlfriend’s car parked in front of my place for a week while were on vacation to Mexico in January (she drop up from her place in southern VA, we flew out of DCA together). We left the car parked with this guest pass and we received a ROSA warning ticket. I guess that might be because the car was in the same spot for a week. However, it does seem that they will crack down if they frequently see the same car in the same spots with the guest pass. I live right near U Street, so the enforcement is probably a bit stricter there than in other areas. But still, this is not a replacement for an RPP.

    • I have to agree with Anon 4:12. It’s an very important way that my friends and family can come visit me without getting hundreds of dollars of tickets, or having to move their car every two hours. I think it’s a wonderful service, and hope that renewal is easy and successful.

      • devoe

        You got a ROSA infraction, what I said is that if you have a DC Tag this permit exempts you from having to pay for a residential parking permit. This is 100% true. I have no problem with visitors parking, but giving it away for free is not the way to do it.

        • I disagree. I live on the block and pay income and property taxes, so you’ll have to excuse me if I feel entitled to have my guests park for free. I really don’t feel like anything is being given “away for free.”

    • I don’t understand. I didn’t think there was a separate RPP anymore. When you register your car your registration sticker shows your zone right on it. When these passes first came out I did worry about abuse, but I haven’t seen any – and living near DCUSA I would expect to. The pass is essential for visitors, service & repair people etc.

      But I’m also worried about DDOT being able to get passes out in time if they haven’t even got a program together yet.

      • We pay an extra $35 when we register our cars to get the zone on the sticker. Devoe is suggesting that you could skip the $35 at registration time, get a no rpp registration sticker, and then use your visitor pass every day. Of course, you would then have no way to let visitors park on your street, and you’d be risking a ticket, which seems like a lot to give up for $35.

        • devoe

          My point exactly, if the right to have your visitors park on the street whenever you want is worth a lot more than $35, why is the city giving it away for free and creating more parking headaches?

  • I have over night guests often and this parking pass has been a life saver. DC needs to have a more visitor friendly parking system. My family is coming from out of town in October and this is the only option I have for parking.

  • Story, but no link on where to get the permit. Typical

  • it’s already free for visitors to park (for a short period of time) by bringing car info, proving you live in the zone, to the police station- they can issue a temporary visitor pass. Anyway, this program may be to take some of the admin work off of the police, make enough sense to me if they can make it happen!

  • Here’s how to actually fix this – (and yes, I’ve suggested it to DDOT several times, as well as Jim Graham’s office.)
    Residents buy a book of parking “coupons” – $2.00 a pop. Tear one off and stick it in the window of the visitor’s car. They do this in Arlington and it works brilliantly.

    Your piano tuner needs one ticket. Your guests for a dinner party need 4 tickets. 20 people for grandma’s wake – you’ve got 20 tickets. Parking in a city should not be free. But neither should people who live in a city have to endure crazed bureaucratic hassles to have plumbers, computer fixers, friends and family be able to visit and park near their homes.

  • I second Victoria’s suggestion. It works very well in Arlington County. Residents can order a FlexPass or Short-Term Visitor pass (online) to allow their guests to park on the street in a zone. The tags hung from the rear-view mirror. Residents fill in the dates for which the pass is effective. Each pass is valid for up to three consecutive days.

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