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Dome Light

All licensed DC taxicabs are required to have the new standardized dome light installed by November 1, 2013. Vehicles found not in compliance will be impounded. An owner whose vehicle is impounded for failure to have a dome light will be required to pay all fees and costs associated with impoundment. The new standardized dome light will display the Public Vehicle Identification Number (PVIN) which is a combination of one letter and three numbers. See below for the list of approved installation companies to order and schedule installation of the new standardized dome light and answers to several frequently asked questions regarding the PVIN as it relates to the new standardized dome light.

What is the PVIN?
It is the new numbering system for cabs.

Where do I find out my PVIN?
You can go to any licensed meter shop to find out your PVIN.

Who assigns the PVIN?
The Office of Taxicab issues and assigns a PVIN.

Will my PVIN change if I join a different company or change vehicles?
It depends; the Office of Taxicabs will confirm your number when you file a one stop form for color/company affiliation.  To ensure a smooth transition notify your current company and new company so they can both update their vehicle list with the commission. Then file a color/association change with DCTC.

Is the PVIN a medallion?
No

Who owns the PVIN?
The PVIN is not property as such there is no such thing as an owner.  The PVIN is assigned to the registered owner of the vehicle based on a number of factors including the VIN, Tag Number and vehicle type. The PVIN will be activated and programmed into the meter receipt as the official cab number upon installation of the Modern Taximeter System (MTS).

What should I do when the meter shop says my PVIN is not in the system and I should go to DCTC?
If the vehicle owner is part of a fleet he/she must go through the company or association. Independents can come directly to the Office of Taxicabs. When the vehicle owner comes to DCTC, he/she must bring proof that the vehicle registration template was submitted on or before June 20, 2013; or bring a Microsoft excel copy of the vehicle information, along with proof of the title, registration, tags, proof of independent status, and Face ID Card.

I submitted my template before the deadline but the meter shop said my PVIN is not in the system...what should I do?
There could be a number of reasons: your tag or VIN was a duplicate; or some information was missing from one or more of the 17 columns required. If it is an oversight we apologize and will register your PVIN if you provide proof you emailed the template on or before June 20, 2013; or bring a Microsoft excel copy of the vehicle information, along with proof of the title, registration, tags, and Face ID Card.

Will my PVIN change if I join a different company or change vehicles?
It depends; the Office of Taxicabs will confirm your number when you file a One Stop Form for color/company affiliation.  To ensure a smooth transition notify your current company and new company so they can both update their vehicle list with the Commission. Then file a color/association change with DCTC.
 

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