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Safe Kids DC and its community partners operate several car seat inspection and installation stations throughout the city to teach families how to safely transport children. All inspection stations are operated by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) and instructors (CPST-Is). This service is available to patient families and the community at large.

During a car seat inspection or installation, technicians will:

  • Take height and weight measurements (if child is present)
  • Provide hands-on instruction to the parent/caregiver regarding proper installation
  • Check for recalls
  • Check the expiration date 
  • Check for broken or missing car seat parts
  • Provide education to avoid heatstroke-related injuries

For more safety tips and information on selecting the right car seat for your child, check out the Safe Kids Ultimate Car Seat Guide.

We offer car seat inspections, no appointment required, at locations across the city. We also conduct car seat inspection events and safety education sessions. If you are interested, please fill out our event request form.  

Inspection Stations

Car seat inspection services are limited due to COVID-19. All inspection stations are closed on federal holidays.

DC DMV Inspection Station 

1001 Half St, SW. Hours are effective September 2023. Pull into Lane 8 to be serviced.

  • Sunday and Mondays-CLOSED
  • Tuesday - 7 a.m. - 3.p.m.
  • Wednesday - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday - 7 a.m. - 3.p.m.
  • Friday - 7 a.m. - 3.p.m.
  • Saturday - 7 a.m. - 3.p.m.

For more information please visit the DC DMV Inspection Station website

District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Child Passenger Safety Educational Consultation services will be available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Educational consultations allow you to receive information and links to resources specific to your seat over the phone or email. Please note educational consultation is not a substitute for a car seat inspection but can provide valuable information on safe child transport.

Virtual Inspections are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only through the Video Car Seat Assistance Program. Please schedule an appointment.

Please contact Karen Gay or call 202-409-0234 for more information.

Download the District Child Passenger Safety Steps for Kids in English and Spanish (PDFs).

Virtual Car Seat Inspections

Virtual car seat inspections allow you to schedule a video inspection with a Child Passenger Safety Technician. During this time a virtual inspection is a safe alternative until in-person inspection stations are re-opened.

The following organizations are offering virtual car seat inspection services:

Please email a Safe Kids DC team member at [email protected] for more information.

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Sometimes kids with special needs have a hard time with their car seat while you are driving, especially if they have autism or ADHD. Here are some tips for keeping your child happy in their car seat.