Delaware Street Legal Laws

Florida Street Legal Laws

District of Columbia Lift Laws and Vehicle Equipment Laws

D.C.'s street legal laws are not as complete as most states. There are no laws that restrict a vehicle's suspension, frame height, or bumper height. As such, it is probably safe for drivers to install suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards.

Governing Laws


D.C.'s street legal laws are covered in the D.C. Municipal Regulations (DCMR).

DCMR Title 18

Vehicle Dimensions


Vehicle size in D.C. is restricted to a maximum width of 96 inches, a maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches, and a maximum single vehicle length of 40 feet.

DCMR 18-2501
DCMR 18-2502

Tire Restrictions


All tires on vehicles driven in D.C. must be in safe operating condition, without any bulges or exposed cords. There is no listed minimum tire tread depth. It is not clear if tire grooving is allowed.

DCMR 18-732

Wheel Restrictions


The street legal laws of D.C. do not cover wheels.

Braking Requirements


Cars and trucks driven in D.C. are required to have brakes on all 4 wheels. The brakes must be capable of stopping the vehicle from a speed of 20 mph within 30 feet. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is also required.

DCMR 18-720
DCMR 18-724

Steering Laws


D.C. does not have any specific rules for a vehicle's steering system.

Suspension Laws


There are currently no suspension lift limits or suspension modification restrictions listed in the laws of D.C.

Frame Requirements


At this time, there are no vehicle frame height limitations in D.C.

Bumper Restrictions


Front bumpers are required in D.C.

DCMR 18-733

Fender Requirements


In D.C., fenders are not allowed to be extended or made wider than the original design.

DCMR 18-733

Lighting Requirements


In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in D.C. are allowed to have additional lighting. When a vehicle is equipped with extra lighting, no more than 4 front lights can be on at one time while driving.



Min. Height

Max. Height


2 min.

24 inches

54 inches

Tail lights

1 min.

15 inches

72 inches

Spot lights

2 max.



Fog lights

2 max.

12 inches

30 inches

Aux. passing lights

2 max.

24 inches

42 inches

Aux. driving lights

2 max.

16 inches

42 inches

( Measured to the center of the light. )

DCMR 18-704
DCMR 18-705
DCMR 18-711
DCMR 18-718

Window Laws


It is unknown if D.C. requires vehicles to be equipped with windshields, yet, windshield wipers are mandatory.

DCMR 18-731

Exhaust Requirements


The D.C. code does not specifically state that a muffler is required, however, removal of any part of the factory installed emissions system is prohibited.

DCMR 18-750

Engine Swap Rules


It is unclear whether or not D.C. has any engine swap or engine performance modification rules.

Emissions Testing


D.C. does not currently require emissions testing.

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