New rules for vehicle inspections

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing on Crewe Road in George Town
The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing on Crewe Road in George Town. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay
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The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing is putting strict new guidelines in place for vehicle inspections, and has suspended all driving tests until further notice.

The new guidelines state:

  • Driver must remain in vehicle;
  • Inspector will carry out inspection of undercarriage;
  • Inspector will take documents from driver, process and return to driver;
    Driver/owner can then go online or use drop-box to complete the licence renewal.
  • The department said in a press release that it would contact everyone with appointments and reschedule driving tests for a later date.

Also, since Thursday, 19 March, all three DVDL locations on Grand Cayman are no longer accepting walk-in customers, the department stated. A drop-box system will be in place for vehicle and driver’s licence renewals, as well as all other paper-based transactions.

The drop-box system is available at the Crewe Road, West Bay and Breakers locations. Documents must be placed in a sealed envelope with the applicant’s name, telephone number, email information and postal address.

Cheques made payable to the Cayman Islands Government will be accepted, and credit and debit card transactions can be done over the phone, the DVDL said, adding that no cash would be accepted at this time.

Some inspections, with restricted procedures, will go ahead at the Crewe Road and Breakers locations.

“While these options remain available at this time, the Department will continue to assess and make changes, where necessary,” the DVDL said in the release.

The DVDL is encouraging customers to renew their vehicle and driver’s licences online via www.dvdl.gov.ky or through the e-services portal www.eservices.gov.ky. Anyone experiencing issues can call the DVDL’s helpdesk at 945-8344 or email [email protected].

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