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    I just recently purchased a vehicle. It has temporary plates and valid insurance. I have a valid Canadian Ontario Drivers License. What is the procedure to get a Dominican Drivers License?

    I read one post from a Canadian fellow who went to the Canadian Embassy to apothocate (?) the validity of the license but I cannot seem to locate the post now. It seemed to indicate that once the Canadian license was validated, it can be used to get a Dominican Drivers License.

    Can anyone help me out on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Friendly View Post
    I just recently purchased a vehicle. It has temporary plates and valid insurance. I have a valid Canadian Ontario Drivers License. What is the procedure to get a Dominican Drivers License?

    I read one post from a Canadian fellow who went to the Canadian Embassy to apothocate (?) the validity of the license but I cannot seem to locate the post now. It seemed to indicate that once the Canadian license was validated, it can be used to get a Dominican Drivers License.

    Can anyone help me out on this?
    We are all in slightly different territory with the introduction of INTRANT.

    Here is their recent directive....in Spanish for foreigners:

    http://intrant.gob.do/index.php/serv...a-a-dominicana

    You do require residency of course.

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    There is a lot of uncertainty over the new driving laws and implementation.

    With the introduction of the Transportation Law (Ley 63-17) last year, the requirements for foreigners to drive appear are written as follows.

    This is the requirement in Spanish:

    Artículo 207.- Licencia de conducir extranjera. Los titulares de una licencia de conducir extranjera que residan en el país podrán solicitar la expedición de una acreditación nacional cuando el documento extranjero mantenga su vigencia, y previo cumplimiento de las formalidades que mediante el reglamento correspondiente establezca el INTRANT

    Article 207.- Foreign driving license. The Holders of a license to conduct foreign nationals residing in the country may request the issuance of a national accreditation when the foreign document maintain their validity, and after compliance with the formalities by the relevant regulation set the INTRANT



    What is a happening at car hire companies? Do they like other countries issue an authorization for one to drive on a foreign license for a period of hire?

    Can't find any other reference and it may be a question to pose to Dr Guzman. Does the 90 day rule still apply?

    For breach of driving laws the fine is as follows:

    Artículo 210.- Violaciones a la autorización para conducir. Se considerará violación a la presente ley y será sancionada con una multa equivalente de uno (1) a cinco (5) salarios mínimos del que impere en el sector público centralizado y la reducción de los puntos de la licencia que determine el reglamento, los actos siguientes:

    And your insurance policy is invalid if you drive without a valid license so the new laws are something that must be understood.

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    I do not know about Canada but you used to be able to take your British licence to the UK embassy in Santo Domingo which they would authenticate and you could change it then for a Dominican licence - as long as you had residency. It may be the same for Canadians.

    Here is the link you were looking for http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php...iver-s-License

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    I do not know about Canada but you used to be able to take your British licence to the UK embassy in Santo Domingo which they would authenticate and you could change it then for a Dominican licence - as long as you had residency. It may be the same for Canadians.

    Here is the link you were looking for http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php...iver-s-License

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    When I got my DR license you had to be a resident. That was a few years ago and I went through the Consulate office here and it was still quite a process.
    I am not sure what your requirements are now but I would bet you would have to get residency here before they will issue you a driver's license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    I do not know about Canada but you used to be able to take your British licence to the UK embassy in Santo Domingo which they would authenticate and you could change it then for a Dominican licence - as long as you had residency. It may be the same for Canadians.

    Here is the link you were looking for http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php...iver-s-License

    Matilda
    The UK stopped doing that a few years back and so like Americans, we have to take the theory test and all then get provisional license and wait 45 days before taking the driving test. Longer process but straightforward and cheap. But will the testing become more rigorous with the advent of INTRANT as suggested?

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    I received my Dominican Drivers License in 2014. The process- went to Canadian Embassy with my British Columbia Driver License I paid I believe 50 dollars or equivalent in Pesos. They have a schedule of fees in front of the window. I received a letter written Spanish and addressed to both the Secretaria de Estado de Obras Publicas y Comunicaciones and Direccion General de Transito Terrestre Santo Domingo. The letter stated that the drivers license issued to Robert..., passport was certified and valid.
    I took this to the cancilleria and had it legalized, then off to the DGTT and presented with my documents, residencia, cedula, driver license, and receipt from the Bank Reservas (950 pesos) for the dominican Drivers license, and receipt for the legalization of the diplomatic certification. Did a bool test, an eye-test and got my picture taken - approximately 1 hour for all that and 20 minutes later walked out with my Dominican drivers license. My wife did the same process 6 months later. She didn't need the blood test as her cedula already had her blood type.

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    The last thing you need to worry about is having a Dom license!  
    I have had many accidents and have no valid license at all. Just get a good insurance company. No problem at all. Just show your Ontario license, if need be a pay then 100 pesos if they make a fuss if someone pulls you over and off you go. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harleysrock View Post
    The last thing you need to worry about is having a Dom license!  
    I have had many accidents and have no valid license at all. Just get a good insurance company. No problem at all. Just show your Ontario license, if need be a pay then 100 pesos if they make a fuss if someone pulls you over and off you go. 
    So illegal and disrespectful to the country you are residing in, and even worse advice. I'm sure you must have been drunk to get in " many " accidents.

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