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Can you activate an expired Cayman licence?

Can you activate an expired Cayman licence?

| 16/07/2018 | 7 Comments
My son-in-law visiting several years ago, who had obtained a Cayman driving licence when he used to work here more than a decade ago, was asked to pay all back fees for his old Cayman licence in order to drive here whilst on holiday. Is that nonsensical rule still in place? Auntie’s answer: A Depa [...]

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Missed deadline for switching to Cayman licence

Missed deadline for switching to Cayman licence

| 26/06/2018 | 5 Comments
As a foreigner who lives here on the islands, one is obliged to obtain a local driving licence on top of the licence one has acquired abroad. Now, I was told that if you miss a certain deadline, you have to take a new test in written and practical form. But the problem seems to […] [...]

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No car inspections when it rains

No car inspections when it rains

| 14/06/2018 | 45 Comments
A colleague of mine has just advised that the licensing department can no longer provide vehicle inspections in rainy weather. Is this true? Being that we have hurricane season five months out of the year, is this realistic? Do you know what the reason for this rule is if it’s in fact true? Auntie [...]

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Wondering why new licence plate is not ready

Wondering why new licence plate is not ready

| 21/05/2018 | 8 Comments
I recently had my car serviced and I had the garage take it to motor licensing to have it inspected and I assumed have the plates swapped for the new white plates. On picking up my car I noticed that I still had the old yellow plates. The garage told me that my plates were […] [...]

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Wants to get a personalised licence plate

Wants to get a personalised licence plate

| 16/05/2018 | 1 Comment
Any word on the status of personalised plates? Auntie’s answer: There has been a lot of interest of late about the chip-enabled licence plates and the process of exchanging old ones for new ones. As for your question, I have been told by an official with the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Li [...]

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New licence plates should have original number

New licence plates should have original number

| 10/05/2018 | 2 Comments
When the DVDL first began switching out old licence plates for the new ones containing a chip, I thought we were supposed to get the same registration number. I recently picked up my new plates and discovered they had a completely different number. It seems easy enough to print a plate with the same [...]

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DVDL should exchange licence plates at all offices

DVDL should exchange licence plates at all offices

| 26/03/2018 | 5 Comments
Why are the new licence plates not available at the Breakers and West Bay locations of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL)? You go and get your vehicle inspected and licensed at these two places, then have to go to the Crewe Road office to pick up your new licence plates. Such [...]

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When is a bicycle not a bicycle?

When is a bicycle not a bicycle?

| 12/03/2018 | 18 Comments
Do you have any idea if these ‘ordinary looking’ bicycles which appear to be equipped with motors are required to have vehicle licences and do their riders require drivers’ licences? The reason I ask is because it is now a fairly regular sight to see these things “shooting” do [...]

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Getting online access for licence renewal

Getting online access for licence renewal

| 28/02/2018 | 1 Comment
For online driver’s licence renewals do you really have to go in to an actual DVDL location to ‘get a number’ to be able to renew your licence online? And if so, I think the DVDL have missed the point about online services! On the government e-services portal, it says, “ESID (re [...]

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More confusion over new licence plates

More confusion over new licence plates

| 21/02/2018 | 12 Comments
I know that DVDL is telling people to come pick up their new licence plates. To replace them, we are supposed to bring in our old plates, logbook and windscreen coupon. I’m confused why we have to peel off the old coupon to get our new plate. Seems a waste of time to do that […] [...]

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Puzzled by new vehicle coupons

Puzzled by new vehicle coupons

| 25/01/2018 | 4 Comments
I am totally confused with this new DVDL coupon thing. My wife got her new plates and renewed her vehicle licence to December 2018. The new fiddly little coupon clearly shows 2017 and DVDL tells me that’s correct. Why would it not show December 2018 as the new expiry date? I’m totally confused a [...]

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Uncertainty over need for visitor’s driving permit

Uncertainty over need for visitor’s driving permit

| 14/12/2017 | 10 Comments
I will be visiting your fine island and saw your earlier article stating that it was no longer a requirement for a US-licensed driver to get a permit to drive in the Cayman Islands. I just got off the phone with DVDL and was told that all visitors to the island have to get a […] [...]

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Slow going for new licence plates

Slow going for new licence plates

| 13/11/2017 | 8 Comments
I was told back in April when I renewed my vehicle licence that I would be contacted by DVDL when I could exchange it for the new licence being phased in. It has been about seven months now and still no word. How long is this process supposed to take? Auntie’s answer: The Department of […] [...]

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Navigating questions on visitors’ driving permits

Navigating questions on visitors’ driving permits

| 06/08/2017 | 10 Comments
There were many comments and a few contradictory posts after the previous column on a visitor’s driving permit (see May visitors drive with US licence in Cayman?). In the hopes of providing clarity, I have compiled all the queries into one overall question for the Department of Vehicle and Dr [...]

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Buying a car from an owner who is off-island

Buying a car from an owner who is off-island

| 05/06/2017 | 7 Comments
I want to buy a car from a guy but it’s actually in one of his relative’s name. The relative has moved off-island and is not quite sure when he’s coming back. The car has been off the road for a while. Is there any way that ownership can be transferred? Auntie’s answer: I realise [...]

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