International Drivers license, is it worth getting?

NanSanPedro

Nickel with tin plating
Apr 12, 2019
3,425
2,801
113
its like getting an on-line civil engineering degree from Central South-East Middle river university, home of the fighting wombats

Hey! Wait just a durned burned minuit. The fight wombats were undefeated last season.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Big

Squat

Tropical geek in Las Terrenas
Jan 1, 2002
2,195
128
63
IS there a way to obtain an international driving license with only a Dominican license? I mean down here in the DR.
 

cavok

Silver
Jun 16, 2014
6,247
1,570
113
IS there a way to obtain an international driving license with only a Dominican license? I mean down here in the DR.
I remember reading on a threat about this years ago that there is a place here in the DR(probably SD) that does issue IDP.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Squat

johne

Silver
Jun 28, 2003
5,062
1,476
113
One scam deserves another: If-in-fact scam artists sell those "international licenses " on line for money, perhaps the DR that needs to raise money should sell "temporary " permits to drive here during the 1-120 day visa that they hold. Tourist could buy at same time they buy their airline tix. So, for example Mr. and Mrs. Prim are coming from the states and want to rent a car for two weeks. Wouldn't they feel more comfortble knowing they have a "Legal license'?
 

william webster

Platinum
Jan 16, 2009
26,942
2,328
113
If you extend your stay to 120 days..... you're legal in the eyes of the gov't

It's the insurance companies that make the problem - not the gov't
 
  • Like
Reactions: Seamonkey

lifeisgreat

Devils playground
May 7, 2016
2,684
749
113
Exactly as I see it. Total scam.
In Canada its only done by CAA and considered legal translation of your drivers license.. and saved my friend in Dominican court when he almost killed a moto concho and gives you 6 months driving here..yes we have had this driving conversation many times.. merry go round and round..ya cops now shit about it I hand them a lic. That expired yrs ago wouldn’t they know no different..courts do..
 

USA DOC

Bronze
Feb 20, 2016
2,970
639
113
I carry a copy of my license and only a copy of the first page of my passport.

Not once in 25 years of driving and being stopped for DWG (Driving While Gringo) did anyone ever ask when I entered the DR.

Good fortune to you.


Respectfully,
Playacaribe2
Yes the police probably will be surprised if anybody offered them a drivers license...all they really want is about 200 pesos,...
 

Drak

Member
Jul 7, 2015
154
9
18
Its a scam. Its not issued or recognized by any government entity.

Exactly as I see it. Total scam.

Seems legit to me:

1. US: https://www.usa.gov/visitors-driving
2. CAN: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/documents/international-driving-permit
3. CAA: https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html
4. Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Driving_Permit

If you take a moment to read those sites, it explains what it is, and isn't. How it may benefit a person to have it.

There is an FAQ on the CAA link at the bottom that answers a lot of common questions.

There are also warnings that are many scammers out there taking advantage of it.

Notable points:

1. You can only get it in your home country, for use abroad.
2. The IDP must be accompanied by a valid driver license issued in the applicant's country of residence.
3. Motor Vehicle Associations are responsible for issuing them (ie: AAA, CAA, etc.) and governments recognize them.
4. According to the table on Wikipedia; Dominican Republic is a part of the 1949 Geneva Convention, which states that an 'International Driving Permit' remains valid for one year from the date of issue, with a grace period of six months.

Canada, USA, and Dominican Republic are for example are a part of the 1949 Convention...
 

Big

Well-known member
Apr 24, 2019
2,622
1,546
113
Seems legit to me:

1. US: https://www.usa.gov/visitors-driving
2. CAN: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/documents/international-driving-permit
3. CAA: https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html
4. Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Driving_Permit

If you take a moment to read those sites, it explains what it is, and isn't. How it may benefit a person to have it.

There is an FAQ on the CAA link at the bottom that answers a lot of common questions.

There are also warnings that are many scammers out there taking advantage of it.

Notable points:

1. You can only get it in your home country, for use abroad.
2. The IDP must be accompanied by a valid driver license issued in the applicant's country of residence.
3. Motor Vehicle Associations are responsible for issuing them (ie: AAA, CAA, etc.) and governments recognize them.
4. According to the table on Wikipedia; Dominican Republic is a part of the 1949 Geneva Convention, which states that an 'International Driving Permit' remains valid for one year from the date of issue, with a grace period of six months.

Canada, USA, and Dominican Republic are for example are a part of the 1949 Convention...
No government recognizes a document you can purchase from a motor club. It's a useless document. The item is marketed to the same people that purchase extended warranties on a hot water heater and a garbage disposal. It might be considered as a coupon for a free frozen drink at save-a- lot
 
  • Love
Reactions: windeguy

lifeisgreat

Devils playground
May 7, 2016
2,684
749
113
No government recognizes a document you can purchase from a motor club. It's a useless document. The item is marketed to the same people that purchase extended warranties on a hot water heater and a garbage disposal. It might be considered as a coupon for a free frozen drink at save-a- lot
Enjoy your frozen drink ..most cops here don’t know local rules let alone international..doesn’t matter what matter is what courts and insurance cares about. Most expat deal or know with insurance company below from Sosua and trust them.. do as you wish it your choice.
 

Attachments

  • F95E6B51-3D1D-4F2A-8181-C5A8326F6A9D.png
    F95E6B51-3D1D-4F2A-8181-C5A8326F6A9D.png
    1.5 MB · Views: 44
  • Like
Reactions: cavok

windeguy

Platinum
Jul 10, 2004
37,135
3,134
113
What examples do you have to support your statement?
The law in the DR states that a foreign license is valid for up to 90 days. Accompanying your foreign license with an International Driving PERMIT simply means you paid something for no additional benefit. Do you think you can drive for more than 90 days legally with the combination of foreign license and International Driving Permit? How does such a PERMIT override the DR's 90 limitation on validity of that foreign license?

That is the example I will leave with you and yours.
 

windeguy

Platinum
Jul 10, 2004
37,135
3,134
113
There are a number of sites that insist that your foreign driver's license is valid for only 30 days if you enter on a tourist card and don't extend your stay for up to 120 days. That is not true. I researched this many moons ago. Migracion's regulations deal with the legality of someone staying in the DR.

INTRANT's regulations state that a foreign license is valid for up to 90 days and that is independent, from everything I have seen, for how long a person is legally in the DR. Extend your legal stay for up to 120 days with Migracion and Intrant still has your license valid for up to 90 days. Confusing? Yes, but amusing, nonetheless.

Please explain how a document issued in a foreign country by some "International Divers Permit" company can override INTRANT's 90 day foreign license validity.
 

windeguy

Platinum
Jul 10, 2004
37,135
3,134
113
Seems legit to me:

1. US: https://www.usa.gov/visitors-driving
2. CAN: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/documents/international-driving-permit
3. CAA: https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html
4. Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Driving_Permit

If you take a moment to read those sites, it explains what it is, and isn't. How it may benefit a person to have it.

There is an FAQ on the CAA link at the bottom that answers a lot of common questions.

There are also warnings that are many scammers out there taking advantage of it.

Notable points:

1. You can only get it in your home country, for use abroad.
2. The IDP must be accompanied by a valid driver license issued in the applicant's country of residence.
3. Motor Vehicle Associations are responsible for issuing them (ie: AAA, CAA, etc.) and governments recognize them.
4. According to the table on Wikipedia; Dominican Republic is a part of the 1949 Geneva Convention, which states that an 'International Driving Permit' remains valid for one year from the date of issue, with a grace period of six months.

Canada, USA, and Dominican Republic are for example are a part of the 1949 Convention...
Legit in exactly what way? That it can extend your legal driving time in the DR beyond 90 days based upon INTRANT's regulations? Do you think you can drive more than 90 days legally with an International Driving Permit as they imply?