Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Help out a new resident: parking if you aren't registered in DC?

Got this question from a reader: any ideas?
I'm moving into the area this week and just realized that parking is going to be a hassle.
I drove around and saw that the each street is only 2 hours between 7am - 830pm, I haven't registered my car to DC which means I do no have a resident parking permit.  I noticed the DCUSA parking garage, but haven't been able to find information on it online.
Do you have any suggestions on what can make my out of state car parking issue easier until I get a parking permit?  And would you know if street parking is always difficult around the area (I'm actually moving into Mt. Pleasant, two and a half blocks away from Columbia Heights).
It looks like you can sign up for monthly parking at DCUSA here, but maybe there are better options?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get a temporary permit from your nearest Police precinct. All you will need is some sort of documentation of residency and the registration for your car. I think you can get up to a two week temporary permit.

Anonymous said...

You can go to the police station (750 Park Road Northwest) and ask for a temporary parking permit. It allows you to park for at least 15 days. (you can renew if you a waiting on your regular permit.) You just have to show that you are a DC resident (lease, etc.) and they will give you a temp permit for free.

Anonymous said...

Additionally, if you're moving into a house in Mt. Pleasant, they're most likely part of the visitor parking pass pilot program and there's a visitor's pass assigned to the house that you can use indefinitely.

joe said...

Also, if it will be a few days before you can get to the police station, there is non-permit parking on Girard between 14th and 13th, north side of the street from the corner of 14th down about half the block.

Molly said...

you can park on 16th street except from 7am-930pm and 4-630pm on weekdays (rush hour) - might be able to move between there and time-limited spots and DCUSA in the meantime. i think DCUSA is $12 for 12 hours and $20 for 24 hours. also, irving between 15th and 14th is unrestricted except for street cleaning on tuesdays, but it can be tough to get a spot - a good option if you mostly want to leave your car somewhere until you can get a permit.

Molly said...

930am, not pm, re: 16th st. i think those times are right but it's posted, anyway.

Anonymous said...

Adams Mill Rd (The western edge of Mt Pleasant) was free and non-permit about a year ago, not sure if it still is...

Anonymous said...

Depends on their specific situation, but this may be a good resource: http://dmv.dc.gov/serv/registration/ROSA.shtm

Tom Veil said...

Display that temporary permit PROMINENTLY in the front windshield. The DC parking enforcers cover a lot of ground every day, and don't spend much time checking out each car.

Anonymous said...

sell your car.

Anonymous said...

The DMV has a 6 month non-renewable parking permit for $250. With this permit, you don't have to change your plates or license. All you need to provide is proof of residency.

Anonymous said...

Go back to where you came from.

K said...

*WARNING* Please keep in mind that those temp DC residential parking permits only protect your car from ticketing during the daytime hours. As one really rude DC dmv employee informed me: your car, without DC tags, can and likely will be (as mine was) ticketed between the hours of around midnight to 3 am. And believe it or not, they have ticketers out there specifically at those hours. I got one of those tickets at 2am. Then when I tried to dispute it, they dismissed my request. Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

What K said is important to note. The police issued me several parking permits on my frequent visits to DC. However on my third visit to the city, I come for a couple of weeks every other month, I began to get tickets because they recognized my car from before. I went to the police station and showed them my tickets and they told me there is a militant faction within the DMV that does not recognize these permits! Could I make this up? Anyway, I now fork out the money to pay for a garage-I just can't deal with it. And as for the $250 for a 6 month temporary permit-I would rather pay the extra money than give in to the corrupt thugs at the DMV. All I do is spend money in DC shopping, eating out, yoga-they should pay me with free parking. I add to the revenue stream.
Sorry if I sound bitter all-I am still paying all those fines that mounted up from my parking where I frequently visit. At $100.00 bucks a pop it quite a bill.