District of Columbia Bankruptcy Exemptions


15-501 - Any property that the debtor or debtor's dependants uses as their residence; can include co-op.

Personal Property

15-501 - Motor vehicle to $2,575; household furnishings, goods, clothing, appliances, books, pets, or musical instruments up to $425 per item and $8,625 total; health aids; family pictures; family library to $400; provisions for 3 months; wrongful death payment; payments for the loss of the debtor or a person depended on including pain and suffering payments.

29-298 - Coop association holdings up to $50.

31-2408.01 - Uninsured motorist benefits.

42-1904.09 - Residential condominium deposit.

43-111 - Cemetery and burial funds.

47-4510 - Higher education tuition savings account.


15-503 - Nonwage earning, including pensions, up to $200 per month for head of family; or $60 per month otherwise for up to two months.

16-572 - Minimum of 75% of earned but unpaid wages or pension payments. Judge may authorize more for low-income debtors.


11 U.S.C. § 522 - Tax exempt retirement accounts; Traditional and Roth IRAs up to $1,095,000 per person.

11-1570 - Judges.

15-501 - ERISA-qualified retirement plans, including IRAs. Stock bonus, pension, or profit-sharing plans.

38-2001.17 & 38-2021.17 - DC public school teachers.

Public Benefits

4-215.01 - Public assistance.

4-507 - Crime victims compensation.

15-501 - Social Security benefit; veteran's benefits.

32-1517 - Workers' compensation.

51-118 - Unemployment compensation.

Tools of Trade

1-1206 - Notary public seals and documents.

15-501 - Implements, professional books, or tools of the trade up to $1,625; library, office furniture, and implements of a professional person or artist, up to $300.

15-503 - Mechanic's tools up to $200.

Alimony and Child Support

15-501 - Alimony or child support.


15-501 - Life insurance payments; Unmatured life insurance (but not credit life insurance).

15-503 - Other insurance proceeds up to $200 per month for a maximum of 2 months if they are for the head of family; up to $60 per month for all others.

31-4716 - Life insurance proceeds. Disability benefits.

31-4717 - Group life insurance policy or proceeds.

31-4719 - Life insurance proceeds that are exempt from being used to pay creditors as per a clause in their contract.

31-5315 - Fraternal benefit society benefits.


15-501 - Any property up to $850, plus up to $8,075 of any unused amount of the homestead exemption.

Other - Add any applicable Federal Nonbankruptcy Exemptions


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