December 2018
Interim Director David Do
Welcome the New Face to the Place

My name is David Do, and I am honored to join the Department of For-Hire Vehicles as Interim Director. I previously served as the Director of the DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Before that, I served in the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
As Interim Director of the DFHV, I am committed to a thriving local for-hire market that supports Mayor Bowser's plan for public safety and consumer choice. DFHV will continue to administer the initiatives of Vision Zero. I  want to find ways to incentivize adoption of "green" infrastructure to support the reduction of emissions. I also intend to use big data to develop innovative solutions to respond to the evolution of the for-hire industry.
DFHV will play a crucial role in managing the transportation landscape where multiple types of services exist, including microtransit, dockless options, and autonomous vehicles. The objective is to overcome barriers to obtaining a ride regardless of age, disability, income, or location. 
I am looking forward to working together with operators, drivers, stakeholders, passengers, and the public to achieve our shared goal of ensuring residents and visitors have safe, affordable, and accessible transportation options.
Public Hearing: Title 31 Revision

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  to revise Title 31 was published in the  DC Register on November 16, 2018, and the public comment period has been extended to January 31, 2019. The rulemaking revisions are intended  to eliminate unnecessary legacy rules and redundancy, incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions, and produce a more user-friendly document.

DFHV is conducting two Public Hearings and encourages public input and participation. Both hearings will be held at DFHV, 2235 Shannon Place, SE, in the Second Floor Hearing Room. The first is one is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm, and the second one will be the next day, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:00 am.  

All are invited to submit comments to: DFHV, 2235 Shannon Place, S.E., Suite 3001, Washington, D.C. 20020, or via email at

Administrative Issuance: Vehicle Retirement

Administrative Issuance AI-2018-08 was issued on December 19, 2018 to provide taxicab companies and operators with a 90-day grace period to come into compliance with the requirement to retire vehicles after eight model years of for-hire service. District taxicab companies and operators applying for or renewing their operating authority have until March 31, 2019 to comply with the requirements of Chapter 609 of Title 31.

Don't Drink and Drive

DFHV Vehicle Inspector Officers (VIOs) will be out in full force during the holiday season to protect passengers and drivers. More importantly, the public is encouraged not to drink and drive...rather, choose for-hire transportation as your preferred option. 

Family gatherings, holiday parties, and social visits should not been marred by the tragic circumstances of fatal car accidents due to drunk driving. Other consequences of drinking and driving can include losing your license, losing your job, or causing the loss of life. Avoid these heavy-duty penalties by calling a cab or by ordering a ride through Lyft, Uber, or Via

DFHV wants to make sure you to enjoy a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.

Top 2018 Searches 

As the year wraps up with season's greetings, here's a look at the top 10 trending searches in the U.S. in 2018 according to Google.The list is an indication of what people were interested in during the past year and includes both joyous and sad topics.These rankings reflect the highest spikes in traffic over a sustained period in 2018 compared to 2017.
  1. World Cup
  2. Hurricane Florence
  3. Mac Miller
  4. Kate Spade
  5. Anthony Bourdain
  6. Black Panther
  7. Mega Millions Results
  8. Stan Lee
  9. Demi Lovato
  10. Election Results
So, what will 2019 bring?

In the meantime, enjoy our wishes for a peaceful and happy end of the year celebration and a blessed New Year. 
Happy Holidays from DFHV
Contact Information
All owners and operators licensed by or registered with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles are required to maintain their current contact information on file which must include a current mailing address, phone number and email address. Client Services will not conduct a transaction without verification.
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Department of For-Hire Vehicles 
2235 Shannon Place, SE, Suite 3001
Washington, DC 20020