I stepped in there yesterday, even that I had nothing to do there for a renewal or so.
I've been told that that there is a "Pardon Period" for Foreigners with Expired Cedulas til End April, who want's to renew a long expired one after that Day get's a hefty Fine of 500 Pesos Per MONTH of Expiration.
right now the Renewal costs RD$2.500.- Pesos, the new Cedula is Valid for 7 Years.
Important Requirements to bring for Renewal:
*** Your Original Passport, not accepted in case it is Expired, compared to prior Years this requirement is New, at least myself I never needed to show my Passport for a Renewal
*** Up to Date Original Residency Card
*** the Old Cedula Card
I stepped into the office yesterday around 11:30AM, there been just around 20 People Waiting for their Turn to Renew their Cedula, so it looks like it is a quick thingy to do so, I would guess a 30-45 minutes of waiting Time, no Biggy.
as for way description for a Local Cabby Driver, this is very easy, because EVERY Cabby Driver in Santo Domingo know the Location of the "Junta Central Electoral".
He drives you there, the Building is located in a large Traffic Circle/Roundabout, You see the big Buil;ding clearly, on it written in Monster Letter "Junta Central Electoral".
once arrived in front of this building you don't stop, you let Your Driver drive on that Street, leave the Traffick Circle in the direction from where You cam from, and after around 250 meters you clearly see on Your Right Hand Side a Building with a lot of Dominican Flaggs out there, that's Your Building.
No Name/Zero Words written there, but You see the Flaggs and that's the Building.
You also see the Building before You arrive at the Traffick Circle, but then it is on the other side of the several Lanes Road, no possibility to make a Turn there, so You drive the Circle and come back on that other side to stop at the Building with the Flaggs.
I would guess that Cabby Drivers also know that Newer Building in Specific, as they have Daily visitors who drive exactly to that Place.
it is named "Junta Central Electoral para Extranjeros".