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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Gringo View Post
    ....... expat postings on forums and what we are now being told when dealing with the Govt to .............. get drivers licenses,.......... that the daily reality of living here in the DR is not the same as it has been in the past.
    There are no serious short cuts on driving licenses anymore it appears...........there is a process and you go through it...........what really surprised me was that during the time I was at the centre in Santo Domingo I saw no other gringos applying........ mindful of the very serious consequences of having an accident and of not having a Dominican license if you have been here continuously for more than 90 days driving. Perhaps there are a lot driving illegally then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    There are no serious short cuts on driving licenses anymore it appears...........there is a process and you go through it...........what really surprised me was that during the time I was at the centre in Santo Domingo I saw no other gringos applying........ mindful of the very serious consequences of having an accident and of not having a Dominican license if you have been here continuously for more than 90 days driving. Perhaps there are a lot driving illegally then.
    looking on friends around myself, long time and mid term expats all around, a surprising high number did not care about the drivers license til around spring last year, then some kinda new thinking set in and one after the other went to get the permit. i am still suprised to find long term expats without any paperwork done, no cedula or residency, no drivers license but wife and children and own property. of course a illegal immigration status(like no residency) can get you deported, thats always been that way, it was just not forced. the fact that you have a dominican wife will help a lot, you can even become a DR citizen fairly quick then(some countries like for example germany will take your original citizenship away then), even not married, to have children declared by you as a parent here will help to maybe not get deported on a quick run, but otherwise why should it help to own property if you are illegally here?
    are you sure it is 90 days of driving for everybody?
    not all countries citizens's are allowed to stay 90 days on a visitor/tourist Visa, and once your visitor visa time is up means your immigrations status switches from cool to illegal, and so does validity of drivers licenses and all that related stuff.
    my best buddy is now awaiting to get his residency finally in hands, after years of me crying in his ears to get his stuff done. almost 20 years here, married, daughter, fantastic job, very good monies, but he never bothered to do a thing for the papers, he even had for years his foreign passport expired which became a lil trouble thingy to be done to be finally able to apply for the residency under the Pardon Act for foreigners who are illegally here since a loooog time. he did not need to start the process for residency back home in europe, he could do everything from here.
    i dont see where the rules would get any smoother in the near future, the opposite, i would await them to go more strict on finally enforcing their DR rules and Laws, there are always some left at the end who will have a nightmare awaking and then cry out loud for something lost.
    i say, if you dont wanna get send back to your country of origin to look for a job and a roof over the head there, then you should have your papers here in the country in orden to be allowed to stay by the DR rules, what ever those rules tell.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeFisher View Post
    are you sure it is 90 days of driving for everybody?

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    That is my understanding...........you can only drive on a full foreign driving license here for the types of vehicle you are licensed to drive for 90 days following entry proved by a stamp in your passport. This includes two wheeled motor vehicles and quads.

    I had a friend who had an accident with a motorbike in La Romana when returning to the capital from Punta Cana. On seeing that he was a foreigner driving on a foreign license but resident but did not have his passport with him, he was taken into custody by police for several hours until such time his abagado came with his passport with a stamp of entry within 90 days. On that basis his abagado got his release....otherwise he would have stayed for a longer period in prison for driving illegally and faced other driving violations. Following that experience he started the process of getting his local license immediately and since my trips off island are now less frequent I have done likewise. Incidentally had he not been a resident I believe he would have had to place a very large monetary bond to get out of custody whereas that is not the case for residents.

    This is another reason for the need to get your residency or maintain it by renewal. You need a cedula for a driving license.

    DR is also one of the very few countries worldwide where you cannot, it appears, use an international driving license. The country just does not exist in the extensive list of countries when applying for such a license and the AA in the UK could not find which of the types of international license would be required here and could not guarantee its legality!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    There are no serious short cuts on driving licenses anymore it appears...........there is a process and you go through it...........what really surprised me was that during the time I was at the centre in Santo Domingo I saw no other gringos applying........ mindful of the very serious consequences of having an accident and of not having a Dominican license if you have been here continuously for more than 90 days driving. Perhaps there are a lot driving illegally then.
    I am in the process of getting my DR license and yes there are short cuts still. I don't have to take
    a drivers test neither does my wife who does not have a valid license anywhere. We do have to take the written video test thing which apparently you do have to do yourself now. If our VIP helper guy is available tomorrow we will be finishing this process then and I will write out our whole experience.

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    a Resident needs in any case a DR drivers license, my understanding is that residents can not drive on a foreign license at all. weird rules, yes, gets confusing at times. or is it for them also the 90 days rule always, in case they traveled during the last 90 days to have a stamp in the passport of course?

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    It's also the 90 day rule for residents.

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    ok, i was on the wrong info here. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    This is another reason for the need to get your residency or maintain it by renewal. You need a cedula for a driving license.

    DR is also one of the very few countries worldwide where you cannot, it appears, use an international driving license. The country just does not exist in the extensive list of countries when applying for such a license and the AA in the UK could not find which of the types of international license would be required here and could not guarantee its legality!!
    Correct, an international driving license is of no value in the DR.

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    Do any of the police/Amet in the North Coast that stop people ask for a DR license? I have never had them ask but the last 2 times driving in Santiago I have been given a hard time for not having a DR license. Had to pay a tip once and the second time we had a paper saying our license was being processed but they still wanted a tip. The wife got out argued and they gave us a ticket which I chucked out. The wife refused to let me tip them lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harleysrock View Post
    Do any of the police/Amet in the North Coast that stop people ask for a DR license? I have never had them ask but the last 2 times driving in Santiago I have been given a hard time for not having a DR license. Had to pay a tip once and the second time we had a paper saying our license was being processed but they still wanted a tip. The wife got out argued and they gave us a ticket which I chucked out. The wife refused to let me tip them lol.
    In a word, yes. They have been running road blocks recently between Sosua and Cabarete. Stopped twice in the past 2 weeks.

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