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Drivers license procedure

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I finally got around to getting my VI drivers license today... Thought I'd post exactly how it's done for those who, like me, feel more comfortable armed with specific details. I'm on STT. I have a current stateside license.

First, they NO LONGER REQUIRE a doctor's exam. Bummer for me, because when I started this process last year I paid for the form and got a doctor's exam... then got busy and "forgot" to finish the process.

Back to the current process. Here is how it works if you have a valid stateside license (not sure if current licenses from other countries are treated the same). If you don't have a current license, other steps are involved and I do not know what those steps are.

You must have these things with you:

You existing non-expired stateside drivers license
Passport or birth certificate
Social Security card
2 passport-sized photos, color (why?? they take their own for your actual license)

Go to the BMV, which is located across from the Crown Bay Pueblo store. You can park in the lot to the left just before the building. If you don't know where this is, head west on Veterans Drive (the waterfront street), pass downtown, past Banco Popular, until you see the Pueblo in front of you to the left; there road Vees to the left; take that left; the BMV is the first building on the left; the parking lot entrance is beside the building and has a chain link fence.
Enter the second door of the BMV complex.
Fill out the one-page form for your drivers license. The forms are sitting on the counter to the right. It contains the usual stuff-- name, address, DOB, SSN, Ht, Wt, hair/eye color, questions about driving convictions, etc.
Stand in line at one of the windows on the right side of the office. There are signs that say what the lines are for, but none of them said "drivers license". The worker will look over your paperwork, make copies of you stateside license, passport, SS card, and return the pile to you.
Walk back outside and turn right; go in the other door (this would be the first door you encounter if you parked in their parking lot). This door says Bureau of Motor Vehicles above it.
Get in line for window 3 or 5. You'll hear various numbers called but you do not take a number (nor did I even see a number dispenser!).
This teller will look over your paperwork and tell you what you owe ($35). You pay, he/she staples the receipt to your papers. I paid cash. Don't know if they take a check or CC.
Take the papers and receipt back to the other office. Enter that second door and look to your left. That door/office is where the photos are taken. There may be people waiting in the chairs. Walk into this office and say "good day" and hand them your paperwork. If there are other people, you'll be told to have a seat outside.
You will be called in to have your photo taken.
Step back into the lobby and wait.
The worker will call your name when the license is printed.

It didn't take too long, by island standards. Perhaps 45 minutes altogether.

You do not have to take a written test or driving test if you have a current stateside license. They will keep your stateside license (damn-- that was the best picture I've ever had taken!)

Posted : May 10, 2007 3:20 pm
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Wow!!! What a great post and very timely for me! I am one of those serious procrastinators re. my license, I've been on STT 3 years and still have my CT license, luckily I have never been pulled over (knock on wood). I am going today to start the process and I'm bringing a printout of your post, jules. I can't believe that I don't need the doctor's exam or the written test. You are awesome 🙂

Posted : May 10, 2007 3:34 pm
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"You'll hear various numbers called but you do not take a number (nor did I even see a number dispenser!)."

When you renew your vehicle registration you submit your paper work and fees and they give you a number, a piece of card board with a number scribbled on it. Later they call you and you give the number back and you get your new registration (and plate when it's a year plates are changed.)

"I paid cash. Don't know if they take a check or CC."

They only take cash..

Posted : May 10, 2007 3:38 pm
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Wow, what great information!!! Thanks, Jules! Just one more it possible to drive with your stateside license? or do you only have like 90 days to do so "legally?"

Posted : May 10, 2007 6:45 pm
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You really , legally, have only have 90 days to get a VI license otherwise you will get ticketed/fined if stopped.

Posted : May 10, 2007 6:48 pm
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Yes, you are supposed to get a VI DL within 90 days. I took 11+ months and yet among my friends I had the *shortest* time between moving and getting VI DL , heeheehee... 3 years, 5 years, etc. Guess a lot of folks put off that pesky task.

Posted : May 10, 2007 7:40 pm
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GAWD, I sure am glad for you & that they finally made it easier. There used to be 2 different tests. An easy one & a hard one. I got the hard one. I couldn't make head nor tails of the test. You went into this classroom where this big guy took great joy in announcing who flunked it. That day every Statesider failed the test including me.

Great information!

Posted : May 10, 2007 9:59 pm
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