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offrdfun73
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March 20, 2007 3:17 pm  

Does anyone have any recent experiences getting a driver's license on STT? My husband stopped by to inquire about the process a couple of weeks ago and the only person behind the counter said "read" and pointed to a sign that gave short list of requirements, including a medical examination. Needless to say, she wasn't helpful. I've heard that you need an eye exam then I've been told you need an actual physical exam, including blood work. What does medical exam mean and does the BMV have a medical exam form?

We both have valid stateside driver's licenses.

Also, can you apply for a driver's license on another island? We are both prepared to fly to STX or take the ferry to STJ if we can avoid a lengthier more expensive process.

Thanks in advance.


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Islander
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March 20, 2007 5:22 pm  

Hello,

The medical examination/eye exam form is a 2 sided form that has name/contact information, an eye exam part for visual acuity (with and without glasses if applicable) and peripheral vision and a medical part with a series of about 10 yes/no questions for different conditions... heart problems, mental problems, hearing problems. And there is a field for blood type. The eye doctors and walk in clinics on island usually fill out the whole thing by doing a visual acutity exam and just asking you if you have any of the conditions and what your blood type is; so you don't actually need a full physical. If you don't know your blood type then you'd need to do the blood work to find out. The DMV has the form, its a couple dollars. Its a photo copy but they stamp it so they know if came from them. I don't think any of this has changed.

I have a friend that went for a VI license back in December on STT and was told no medical form was necessary. Said he had to fill out a renewal/application form, show social security card & proof of nationality and turn in valid stateside license. It was $35. However the cashier said a medical form was needed and would not process the application without the medical form (and passport photos the medical form asks for). They went back and forth on this point and then the head person for the DMV was asked and he confirmed no medical form was necessary.

When we called the DMVs on each island in order to update the license information on this site (also in December), the STT and STJ offices said the medical form was necessary for those exchanging a stateside license for a VI license. The STX office said the medical form was not necessary but an application form that could be completed right there in the office was.

You should call the STT office and see what answer you get for what you need to do... particularly if the medical form is or isn't required when exchanging a valid stateside license for a VI license. Get the persons name if they say it isn't. The majority of the times I have called the person that answers has been helpful. The telephone number for St. Thomas is (340)774-5765.

--Islander


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Sherry
 Sherry
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March 20, 2007 8:39 pm  

Interesting to read. I just called the BMV on STT a couple weeks ago. There was no mention of a medical form. They just told me I needed my social security card, passport and driver's license from Michigan. I'm planning to go get my license here in the next couple weeks so I'll let everyone know what we actually needed.


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Matt T
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March 20, 2007 10:53 pm  

If you have an old license to turn in, no medical form is needed, and passport photos are no longer needed.


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offrdfun73
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March 22, 2007 1:33 pm  

Thanks for the help! It is greatly appreciated. We are going to try it again and I'll let you all know how it goes.


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