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.
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:
- 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.
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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.
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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Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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