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H-Tag Licensing

As of March 17, 2018, the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has four pathways to obtain a new H-Tag: (1) purchasing a new 100% electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV); (2) purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV); (3) purchasing a vehicle consistent with the program for drivers who surrendered tags between July 6, 2007 and July 6, 2011; and (4) H-Tag Pilot Program.

Here are the details for each pathway:

100% Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Requirements:

•    Download and complete One Stop Application Form. Section two of the Form must be completed by an insurance company, and For-Hire insurance is required
•    The vehicle must be painted in the DFHV Uniform Color Scheme and have an approved Digital Meter installed
•    Proof of residency (Driver's Licenses) is required for a DC resident, and complete a Certificate of Operating Authority-Independent Taxicab.
•    Non-DC residents (Maryland or Virginia), must apply for an Independent Vehicle Business (IVB) License.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) Requirements:

•    Submit for approval a letter from one of the participating companies stating the applicant has agreed to be a part of theTransport DC Program for 3 years. 
•    The vehicle must be painted in the Uniform Color Scheme and have an approved Digital Meter installed
•    Download and complete One Stop Application Form. Section two of the Form must be completed by an insurance company, and For-Hire insurance is required.
•    Proof of residency (Driver's License) is required for a DC resident, and complete a Certificate of Operating Authority-Independent Taxicab.
•    Non-DC residents (Maryland or Virginia), must apply for an Independent Vehicle Business (IVB) License.

Surrendered H-Tag Requirements:

•    Must demonstrate a “bona fide reason(s)” for surrendering a previous H-Tag to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) between July 6, 2007 – July 6, 2011, as set forth in Title 31 DCMR § 1010.20.
•    Must provide supporting documentation that a previous H-Tag was surrendered in good faith, reliance on Title 31 DCMR § 506.
•    The type of vehicle and residency requirments described above remain applicable