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Registering A Vehicle In The Dominican Republic

There are some things to be careful about when registering an imported vehicle in the Dominican Republic. It can often be a good idea, especially for expats and foreigners, to seek out the services of an attorney to help make things easier. It’s not uncommon for people to be taken advantage of while going through the process of registering a vehicle on their own.

Another caveat: any vehicle imported into the Dominican Republic has to be less than 5 years old and most of what are considered luxury cars are not allowed. Nor are vehicle that have more than six cylinders.

Vehicle Registration

As mentioned above, the process of getting a vehicle registered can be somewhat complicated, particularly for an outsider, which is why an attorney is recommended. That said, there are some documents (the attorney will assist you with this) that will be needed to get registered. It’s more or less what you’d expect:

  • Title
  • Registration
  • ID & passport
  • Proof of purchase/invoice
  • Driver’s license

Depending on your particular situation, there may be additional documents needed besides those listed above. Be sure to double-check any information you get to make sure it’s accurate. The U.S. Embassy (see link at the bottom of this page) is a great resource for this type of information.

Are you curious about the cost of shipping a vehicle to the Dominican Republic, or want to know what the requirements are? Click here to visit our dedicated web page for services to the Dominican Republic and get access to several other resources related to shipping to the country!

Driving & Getting A License In The Dominican Republic

Unlike some other countries, a medical exam is required to get a driver’s license. The other requirements, as noted below, are fairly straightforward. Driving in the Dominican Republic, however, is not. Be sure to read that section and educate yourself on driving in the country before attempting to do so yourself.

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Getting A Dominican License

You are allowed to drive in the Dominican Republic for a limited time with a valid license from your home country. The timeframe for this, however, is very short so you will need to make arrangements to get a local license if you wish to operate a vehicle. In order to apply for a license in the DR, you will need to present the following documents:

  • Current valid license
  • License certification
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of fee payments
  • Medical exam

Driving In DR

The Dominican Republic has a reputation as one of the more tough countries in which to drive, and deservedly so. Not only can some of the local drivers be somewhat erratic, but there are many pedestrians, motorcycles, and scooters to contend with as well.

Traffic signs are not always clearly marked and driving at night is not recommended as many vehicles, including motorcycles, do not have operable head lights. Another concern is that traffic laws themselves are not always followed to the letter so you have to be extra careful at lights and intersections.

Dominican Republic Vehicle Resources

U.S. Embassy In DR - If you’re a U.S. citizen, there are few better resources for finding what you need, at least in a general sense, than the U.S. Embassy. If you are having a hard time finding the right place to go for something related to registering a vehicle or getting a license, they’ll be able to help.

Driving In DR - A good informational website about travel and driving in the Dominican Republic. You’ll also find general safety tips and travel advice on this website.

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