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    Thumbs down REVISTA Attack!! Now!! Prepare! Now!!

    Fors those of you [ie us] with little time in the DR, there is a gov't auto sticker termed a "revista". It is similar to an auto inspecition sticker, common in the USA, affixed to the windshield of the car or truck.
    The USA purpose is to insure that the components of the particular car [ie brakes, lights, tires, emissions] are in satisfactory condition; in the DR the purpose is ?
    14 different components are listed - "formulario de inspeccion" - on the form. None, I repeat "none" - are actually physically inspected on any car or truck I've ever seen inspected. None! Can you challenge me?
    To obtain a revista: 45 Pesos & copies of the current matricula & M. V. insurance bill; no evidenc if actual payment of the bill is required.
    REAL DR PURPOSE!! 1 more "gotcha". Theres is no notice to the car owner that a revista is due or when!! There may my notices in the Dominican newspapapers?? This year - 2005? The revista must be on the vhicle by 1 March 2005.
    Or? Gotcha!
    Your local AMET amateur extortionist in training will stop you while driving, inform you that you are in violation of the DR law [literally true, the law is functionless], take your driver's license for a hearing before a fiscal; or, . . . . offer to give you a week to get the revista for 200 - 300 Pesos, depending on the value of your car. Que viva La Repubica!!

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    Heh! I am ahead of you. Mine will be on tomorrow.

    As a general rule everybody forgets it and only remembers when the cops are out to get them.

    Quote Originally Posted by gringosabroso
    14 different components are listed - "formulario de inspeccion" - on the form. None, I repeat "none" - are actually physically inspected on any car or truck I've ever seen inspected. None! Can you challenge me?
    I can, if you go to Obras Públicas your car will be inspected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones
    Since I am always willing to comply with all of the laws of this great land?
    And, can I pick up all of my revistas at once, or do I have to take the car?
    I don't know if is still there, but you can get your revista at Multicentro Churchill. They will do the car inspection there, taxes are paid in BanReservas (there is one in the same building).

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    Cool Excellent Questions, J D ! !

    Since I am always willing to comply with all of the laws of this great land?
    And, can I pick up all of my revistas at once, or do I have to take the car?
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    [[FONT=Verdana]COLOR=Blue]1. Go to the nearest BancReserva; bring your original cedula, 45 pesos, then wait on line. How Long? Hints: go between 12 & 2; never go on Fridays.
    2. Pay & show your cedula. Obtain a 3 part receipt from the Banc.
    3. Go to ther nearest Obras Publicas office. Hint: these offices open @ 8:00 am; closed from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm; also, closed @ noon on Fridays for the weekend.
    4. Get a number [on small pieces of cardboard]. Wait. . . Wait.. . Wait. . . .
    5. When the secretary calls your number, approach her, give her the copies you have of the matricula & insurance bill; wait. . wait. . She will keep the copies. Pay nothing; she will fill out a form
    6. She will give her trusted assistant the form containng the revista, a small sticky, plastic - type, sticker.
    7. Go with the assistant to your car; unlock your car; allow physical access to the assistant; he will enter the car; he will affix the sticker to your windshield. He will exit you car. Say "thank you".
    8. Drive away. Evidently, neither the secretary nor the assistant is expecting a propina; at least, I never saw anyone pay either. Unusualy in this country.
    9. Wait until @ Feb. 15, 2006. Repeat steps 1 thru 8. Smile. It's humerous in its own DR 3rd world way.[/COLOR][/FONT]

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    I asked my neighbor about the revista. I wanted to know where to pick it up this year in Santiago. He, a dominican, told me not to worry about it. He said that if you hear of the police temporarily cracking down...then might be a good idea to go get one...but in general they don't worry about it.

    Since it is a joke anyway...I will not worry about it.

    This is like the seatbelt law. I was pulled over and given a ticket. While he wrote the ticket I watched one pasola after another drive by from the nearby school with father and two children.

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    Default there is always an easy way

    We just give our mechanic 150-200 pesos and the paperwork (he must have inside contacts since we only hand over a copy of our cedula) and he brings back the revista and sticks it in the car. It is well worth 100 or so pesos to not have to run around town and stand in line. I think he does several people's vehicles at once so he probably makes a tidy sum for a boring day.

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    You know when your revista expires by looking at the clipped out part on last year's.......a letter for each month of the year. Won't apply in future because........no clipped out part.
    I got mine in January. Completely painless. In & out in 10 mins. No waiting. Didn't have 'friend' on inside since Obras Publicas changed staff after election. Staff may have changed, modus operandi hasn't. Thus no inspection necessary. Plus I had the ultimate good luck of there being some other gringos there who didn't know the ropes.......so all attention went to them, not me.

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    Default we sent our driver down to the Revista office

    He took down with him eleven Revista forms after going to bank to pay for these.

    They the Revista people said they would not pass out the Revista's as all auto's must be inspected.

    Since we all put in an extra RD 100 Pesos each for good will and expenses incurred, they decided to come out to our place of Business and process the Revista's.

    The total ordeal took all but 15 minutes at work and we now have our new Revista's on our windshields.

    Gringo

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    Interesting thread... I have one question about this "matricula". Is this the same as the "certificado de propriedad de vehiculos motor" slip issued by the "secretaria de estados de finanzas / direcion general de impuestos internos"? Or is it something else... If so where to get it in Santo Domingo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlantaFULL
    Interesting thread... I have one question about this "matricula". Is this the same as the "certificado de propriedad de vehiculos motor" slip issued by the "secretaria de estados de finanzas / direcion general de impuestos internos"?
    Yes, it is the same.

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