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District Department of Transportation

Car Safety Seat Program

The District Department of Transportation operates a fedrally-funded Child Safety Seat Program. This program is designed to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of properly using a child safety seat each time a child rides in a car. Additionally, Project Safe-Child offers infant, toddler, and booster seats for free or at a reduced rate to District residents with a valid government-ussed ID.  

Education Programs  

In collaboration with Safe Kids, Washington DC, DDOT offers educational sessions to Pre K – 2nd graders. These sessions focus on the importance of Booster Seat use and Pedestrian safety as preventive measures. DDOT also provides monthly 2-4 hour Child Passenger Safety Workshops at 5 locations throughout the city and can provide workshops at additional sites upon request. Additional trainings have been given at elementary schools, daycare centers, and other community organization meetings/events throughout the District.  

Project Safe-Child is a multi-agency/organization effort. DDOT, MPD, DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and Safe Kids Washington DC all work together to educate parents and caretakers on the safest way to transport a child in car seat.   

DDOT wants to make it easy for residents to protect their families. The agency offers an annual 32-hour National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program to various District agencies including:  MPD, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS), and DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). Agencies, community groups, health care providers, and child care providers have become Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors though the DDOT training program.  Once certified, these technicians have the skills to educate caretakers on proper use of air bags, car seats, booster seats, seat belts, and the best practices for child vehicular safety. 

For information on car seat safety usage, please visit: 

Free and Discount Car Seat Programs 

DC residents who are in need of a car seat can receive a voucher for one free seat. Vouchers are distributed at 11 locations throughout the District like schools, health centers, and youth centers including: Children’s National Hospital, Garfield Elementary School, and Tubman Elementary School. Vouchers are also distributed by DDOT directly and can be picked up on the 5th floor of the DDOT main office at 55 M Street SE.  

DDOT also manages a Booster Seat Program in partnership with DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). This program provides free booster seats to children who are at least 4 years old and 40lbs. “Booster Seat Tuesday” operates on Tuesdays from 10am – 6pm and the seats can be picked up at 501 New York Avenue NW with no appointment necessary.  

The staff from participating centers will also make sure that all seats provided are properly installed and provide installation for free.  

Below you will find the locations where safety seats can be obtained and the associated costs. Also included are the locations where you can find a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who can provide free car seat inspections as a courtesy to District residents. 

Child Safety Seat Voucher Locations 

  • Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center 
  • Children’s Health Center – Shaw 
  • AmericHealth Caristas 
  • Children’s National Main Hospital, Family Center 
  • Latin American Youth Center 
  • Northwest Center 
  • Garfield Elementary School 
  • Tubman Elementary School 
  • United Planning Organization, at Loving Care Center 
  • Trusted Health Plan 
  • District Department of Transportation  
Car Seat Type Child Size Fee
Infant 5-20 pounds Free
Toddler 5-50 pounds Free
Booster Over 40 pounds and 4 years old* Free 
Booster (High-back only)  Over 40 pounds* Free
Big Kid Booster Over 40 pounds* Free
¥ Warning:  It is important to put all children over 40 pounds and under 54 inches tall in
   booster seats!

Child Safety Seat Pickup Locations 

CentroNia 

1420 Columbia Rd, NW 
Washington, DC 20009 
(202) 332-4200 
Infant-Convertible-Booster 
Must attend classes   

Children's Hospital 

111 Michigan Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20010 
(202) 476-4068 
Receive a voucher to receive a seat  

George Washington Hospital 

900 23rd Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20037 
(202) 715-4966 
Infant 

Georgetown Hospital 

3800 Reservoir Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20007 
(202) 444-8639 
Infant  

Mary's Center 

1844 Ontario Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20010 
(202) 420-7038 
Must attend class  

Please call the above listed locations for hours of operations.  

You can have your car seat properly installed free. Call for an appointment at (202) 671-2350. 

Free Car Seat Inspection Stations 

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 
(appointment only)  
Contact: Karen Gay, [email protected], (202) 409-0234  
250 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003  

DC Department of Motor Vehicles 
Contact: Larry Walker, [email protected], (202) 729-7125 

DMV Inspection Station 
1001 Half Street SW, Washington, DC 20024 
(Tuesday to Saturday, June to August, 6 am to 2 pm; September to May, 7 am to 3 pm) 

DC Metropolitan Police Department 
Contact: Brandi Beam, [email protected], 202-437-8030 
PD Traffic Division 501 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001 
"Booster Seat Tuesdays" from 10 am to 6 pm, no apointment needed.