RD was my backup plan, but who knows?

Fulano2

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To get a DR driver's license you need a national identity card called a Cedula. To get a Cedula you need residency. You may need to fly home first as the residency process starts at the DR embassy/consulate in your home country. I would recommend hiring some help for the initial residency application. It can be a daunting morass of govt. bureaucracy. I'm not sure there is a way to apply without going home first. You'll need a bunch of documents that you probably don't have with you.
Could you provide us with some info about this topic?
 
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markelbat

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You can drive here for three months on your stateside license, but that's the least of your worries.
An attorney will be happy to take your money.
Cars are expensive here.
It can be difficult to find one without issues.
You really don't want to have an accident here, of which the probability is high if you are driving.

I'm trying to balance wants/needs/realistic possibilities.

If I stay here only one month I'll continue as I am, using taxis and Ubers as needed.

If I stay here 6 months it changes the equation but it still sounds like I'd be better off using Ubers mostly.

A year or more; I'd definitely look much harder at self driving.

I'm kind of unsettled. Santiago is very nice, at least the neighborhood I'm in, and people are polite but I don't know anyone here. The biggest issue for me is that I don't really know how to be retired, especially when so much of the world is closed off to the plans I had made previously. I want to stay in one place for a couple of years at least but I don't think RD is that place.

Sorry for venting a little, and thanks for the helpful input
 
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drstock

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You can drive here for three months on your stateside license, but that's the least of your worries.
An attorney will be happy to take your money.
Cars are expensive here.
It can be difficult to find one without issues.
You really don't want to have an accident here, of which the probability is high if you are driving.
We don't know about the OP's driving skills, but if he takes care and keeps his wits about him I wouldn't say the chance of an accident is high.
I agree that it's not worth the hassle and expense of buying a car for such a short time, especially as his licence will not cover the entire period, although I expect we all know several people here who continue to drive after that without getting a Dominican licence.
If he is a good motorcycle driver that is an easier short-term option for local use, with the possibility of renting a car for longer trips.
 
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Motorcycle is good if you have a large life insurance policy and someone to collect on it..........

Just drive for as long as you are here. I know people here for 30 years driving with no Cedula or DR license. And yes they have been stopped and nothing happened.

As for an accident you will get the same gringo treatment that we with DR licenses get. Pay, pay, and pay.
 

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Motorcycle is good if you have a large life insurance policy and someone to collect on it..........

Just drive for as long as you are here. I know people here for 30 years driving with no Cedula or DR license. And yes they have been stopped and nothing happened.

As for an accident you will get the same gringo treatment that we with DR licenses get. Pay, pay, and pay.
License or no license,
Cash is and always will be King down here.
Its a cultural thing and I don't think this will
change during either of our lifetimes.
 

JDJones

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I'm trying to balance wants/needs/realistic possibilities.

If I stay here only one month I'll continue as I am, using taxis and Ubers as needed.

If I stay here 6 months it changes the equation but it still sounds like I'd be better off using Ubers mostly.

A year or more; I'd definitely look much harder at self driving.

I'm kind of unsettled. Santiago is very nice, at least the neighborhood I'm in, and people are polite but I don't know anyone here. The biggest issue for me is that I don't really know how to be retired, especially when so much of the world is closed off to the plans I had made previously. I want to stay in one place for a couple of years at least but I don't think RD is that place.

Sorry for venting a little, and thanks for the helpful input

That plan makes a lot of sense.

You may find this hard to believe, but if there were more ubers available in my vicinity, I'd use them 95% of the time, and I own three SUV's.

As for living here, the whole curfew thing is really throwing a damper on everything and really restricts a lot of what you can do.
 
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I'm trying to balance wants/needs/realistic possibilities.

If I stay here only one month I'll continue as I am, using taxis and Ubers as needed.

If I stay here 6 months it changes the equation but it still sounds like I'd be better off using Ubers mostly.

A year or more; I'd definitely look much harder at self driving.

I'm kind of unsettled. Santiago is very nice, at least the neighborhood I'm in, and people are polite but I don't know anyone here. The biggest issue for me is that I don't really know how to be retired, especially when so much of the world is closed off to the plans I had made previously. I want to stay in one place for a couple of years at least but I don't think RD is that place.

Sorry for venting a little, and thanks for the helpful input

Don't forget about guaguas. They're not that bad and tons cheaper. Plus you get to walk a bit more. Those are all plusses for me.
 

NanSanPedro

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If you take a guagua make sure you bring something to feed the chickens......

lol, you're thinking of Haitian tap taps. Never seen a chicken on a guagua in SD, BC, or SPdM. Those are the only places I've taken one.

Oh yea, and not on Caribe Tours either. :ROFLMAO:
 

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lol, you're thinking of Haitian tap taps. Never seen a chicken on a guagua in SD, BC, or SPdM. Those are the only places I've taken one.

Oh yea, and not on Caribe Tours either. :ROFLMAO:

Give it some time. Chickens will be the least of your visuals.
 

NanSanPedro

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Give it some time. Chickens will be the least of your visuals.

What I didn't mention is that I personally witnessed the worst pickpocket in SD on a guagua. She didn't get anything but I wanted to belt her in the mouth. I just can't hit a woman.