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Free Car Seat Inspection Stations

Car Safety Seat Program - Rear-facing car seat with child correctly belted-in

The District of Columbia offers free car seat inspections as a courtesy to the residents.  You must be a District resident to use this service.

You can find a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician below:

District Department of Transportation
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 pm (appointment only) 
Contact: Karen Gay, karen.gay@dc.gov, (202) 409-0234 
55 M St., SE, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20003
DDOT will also be at Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum St., NE
Every Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm, near Valet Parking 
Car seat purchase information available. 

Gallaudet University (Appleby Building)
Contact: Lawrence Curtis, lawrence.curtis@gallaudet.edu (202) 448-7159
800 Florida Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
Monday – Friday 11 am to 2 pm; 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (Appointment Only)

Children's National Health System
Contact: Sylvia Perkins, sperkins@childrensnational.org, (202) 476-3618
111 Michigan Ave, NW, Washington, DC  20010
(1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays, 10 am to 3:30 pm – parking  garage, level P1)
Look for “Free Car Seat Check” sign

1901 Mississippi Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20020
(Friday, 10 am to 3:30 pm)
 

Providence Hospital 
Contact
: Sylvia Perkins, sperkins@childrensnational.org, (202) 476-3618
1150 Varnum St., NE, Washington, DC 20018
(Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am to 3:30 pm, near valet parking)
 

DC Department of Motor Vehicles
Contact:
Larry Walker, larry.walker@dc.gov 
(202) 729-7125
DMV Inspection Station
1001 Half St., SW, Washington, DC 20024
(Tuesday and Wednesday, June to September, 6 am to 2 pm; October to May, 7 am to 3 pm)
 

DC Metropolitan Police Department
Contact: Arlinda Page, arlinda.page@dc.gov
MPD Traffic Division
(202) 437-8030
501 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
(Appointment only, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 12 pm)
(Booster Seat Tuesdays from 10 am to 6 pm)

Child Passenger Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children, ages 14 and under. Four out of five car seats are not used correctly. Our mission is to ensure that children are properly secured in safety seats and seat belts while traveling –every ride–every time.


For Child Safety Seat Violations

The penalty for violating the District's child safety seat law is a fine of at least $75 and two points on the driver's license. This applies to any person operating a motor vehicle in the District of Columbia. The police can stop a driver in the District, solely for not having a child properly restrained. 

Motorists may contest the notice of infraction through the Department of Motor Vehicles, Adjudication Services. The following penalties are possible:

First Time: Offenders are given the choice of the following:

  • Pay a $75 fine
  • Attending a Child Restraint Safety Class ($25)

Second Time: Both penalties become mandatory

  • Pay a $75 fine
  • Attending a Child Restraint Safety Class ($25)

Third Time: Pay a $125 fine

Fourth or more: Pay a $150 fine

For further information, contact the DDOT Transportation Safety Division at (202) 671-2350.

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