Tag: Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing

Stop obscuring licence plates

Stop obscuring licence plates

| 02/01/2019 | 14 Comments

I believe it is illegal and am certain that a car will not pass its inspection with tinted plastic over the number plates – can you confirm? If it is illegal, then why are so many drivers blatantly driving with their plates obscured? The only reason I can see for making your plates hard to read […]

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Trucks need to be better regulated

Trucks need to be better regulated

| 04/12/2018 | 6 Comments

Are there any rules that apply to the increasing number of large, poorly driven and maintained trucks that threaten the safety of motorists using Shamrock Road? I have seen a speeding truck pass a school bus as children were alighting, trucks that spill their wet load onto vehicles behind, numerous trucks that belch thick black smoke […]

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Missing motorbike licence plate causing problems

Missing motorbike licence plate causing problems

| 30/08/2018 | 4 Comments

I start by referencing one of your previous Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) answers (see New licence plates should have original numbers): “A customer can request a new number and he or she would have to pay to make that change. Or, if the new plates were ready for collection but it turns out […]

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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 Department […]

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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’s answer: […]

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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’ Licensing that DVDL […]

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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 number […]

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The rules for trailers

The rules for trailers

| 02/05/2018 | 10 Comments

Is it still a requirement for trailers to be registered and have brake lights? A commercial trailer in front of me today had neither and I was wondering if our police check. Easy enough to do at the public docks when they are driving in and out of the parking areas – putting wave runners and […]

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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 an inconvenience […]

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When is a bicycle not a bicycle?

When is a bicycle not a bicycle?

| 12/03/2018 | 19 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” down the road and some are even driven […]

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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 (required to register for online […]

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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 and as […]

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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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