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    Default Local Drivers License

    I was wondering what was the easiest way of obtaining a DR drivers license

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    First, you must have a Residence and Cedula. Banco de Reservas will sell you the forms. You will need a blood test "Type" and take a written test (In spanish). The people are very helpful if you don't understand certain Q's. You are then issued a "Temporary licence". 30 days later you go back for a simple driving test and will be issued a permanent one.

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    Eddie says to get a Cedula and a Residencia like they are no big deal,they are a big deal! There is not a big reason that I know of to get a dominican drivers license. I have been driving here for 6 years without one! Been stopped maybe 15 times for varios "offenses" showed my USA<Massachussetts> license and went on my merry way! Why do you feel the "need" to have a dominican license? Criss

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    If you have a foreign license it will be valid for 90 days. If you go in an out of the country at least every three months, then you have no need to get a Dominican license. If you will be here for more than 90 days you should go through with the process.

    Note that there is no need for you to become a Dominican resident (cedula and residencia). What you need to do is go to the corresponding foreign consulate and get a certificate that your driver's license is legal. Then you need to legalize that certificate at the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Cancilleria) on Independencia Avenue. Then you take that to the Direccion General de Transporte Terrestre (DGTT) at the Ministry of Public Works and they will change your foreign license for a Dominican one.

    Why bother? If you are involved in a crash, the insurance will not pay as you will be driving illegally. That is if you have been in the country more than 90 days. For more information, call Tel. 565-2811 Ext. 7013

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    Default Do they (DGTT) KEEP the foreign license??

    Dolores: "What you need to do is go to the corresponding foreign consulate and get a certificate that your driver's license is legal. Then you need to legalize that certificate at the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Cancilleria) on Independencia Avenue. Then you take that to the Direccion General de Transporte Terrestre (DGTT) at the Ministry of Public Works and they will change your foreign license for a Dominican one."

    "Change your license"???

    Does that mean that they (DGTT) KEEP the foreign license when they give you the Dominican one?

    That would not be good!

    Is this process any different for Dominicans (who have a foreign license) versus foreigners?

    __Virgil

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    Default Eddie's way sounds less painful...

    Originally posted by Dolores
    If you have a foreign license it will be valid for 90 days. If you go in an out of the country at least every three months, then you have no need to get a Dominican license. If you will be here for more than 90 days you should go through with the process.

    Note that there is no need for you to become a Dominican resident (cedula and residencia). What you need to do is go to the corresponding foreign consulate and get a certificate that your driver's license is legal. Then you need to legalize that certificate at the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Cancilleria) on Independencia Avenue. Then you take that to the Direccion General de Transporte Terrestre (DGTT) at the Ministry of Public Works and they will change your foreign license for a Dominican one.

    Why bother? If you are involved in a crash, the insurance will not pay as you will be driving illegally. That is if you have been in the country more than 90 days. For more information, call Tel. 565-2811 Ext. 7013

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    Talking Why do people complicate things?

    I lived in the DR for 6 years. I now visit many times a year. I have never needed or wanted a DR Drivers license. Just give the Cop a few bucks and be on your way. That is if you stop for a cop!

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    Exclamation No good reason?

    Originally posted by Eddy
    First, you must have a Residence and Cedula. Banco de Reservas will sell you the forms. You will need a blood test "Type" and take a written test (In spanish). The people are very helpful if you don't understand certain Q's. You are then issued a "Temporary licence". 30 days later you go back for a simple driving test and will be issued a permanent one.
    No good reason? Well have an accident and when they check your passport and you have been in the country for more than 45 days without a drivers license just see what happens next!
    Even if you have insurance it could be a big hassle maybe waiting in jail or if lucky a little 'fine re:bribe' Think about it!

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    No, at DGTT they will not take your foreign license. That will continue to be valid when you travel abroad. It will also be valid for the first 90 days you are in the DR. Afterwards, the one valid is the Dominican license.

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    Question Why your passport?

    DominicanDean,
    Why would they check your passport. I never carry mine. When I arrive in SD I lock it up and never touch it until I leave. I know that the "Law" says you must carry it with you at all times but I have never been haassled for not having it. I just explain that it is too Valuable to carry around!
    Some people just like to complicate their lives I guess!

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