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(@mamstx1230)
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My daughter lives in NY and had her purse with her VI driver's License stolen. Does anyone have any experience trying to get a replacement? I am wondering if I will be able to do it or will she have to be there in person? Not a great way to start the year!

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 8:26 am
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She'll have to be there in person to report it stolen, establish identity and get a replacement. Give them a call at (340)713-4268 (STX where I think you are).

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 11:19 am
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If she lives in New York it may be easier to just get a NY State drivers license now.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 11:43 am
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Photo copy all government documents in case you need replacements.

Um, it might be easier to contact an expediter on your island to get a replacement. Then I would use that to get a NY license.

If you don't have a license, you have to start all over again with a permit and driver's road test.

Not sure if VI DMB is fully integrated with U.S. states for license checks, but most states recognize VI license.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 12:06 pm
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Um, it might be easier to contact an expediter on your island to get a replacement.

Expediters cannot act as agents to get a replacement driver's license.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 1:01 pm
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If she lives in New York, she should not still have a VI driver's license. She should get a license in New York, or use her passport to come home. If she doesn't have a car in New York or cannot be bothered with a road test, she can just get a state identification card.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 2:30 pm
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it could be she is just there for college? in which case she is still a vi resident?

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 2:45 pm
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I wasn't suggesting she was using her VI license instead of getting a NY state license - I just thought it might be easier to accomplish that task there instead of trying to replace the VI one from a distance.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 3:05 pm
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... or use her passport to come home.

Why does she need a passport to come home?

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 3:27 pm
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Best to call and ask them, directly.
One of my sister's lives in FL and she mentioned she would have to be here, on island, in person to renew her VI driver's license.
Don't have a clue if that's the case for obtaining a duplicate license,
if your daughters was still current.
Good luck.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 4:57 pm
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... or use her passport to come home.

Why does she need a passport to come home?

I never said she needed a passport to get home to the VI. However, she does need government issued identification. A passport would qualify as government issued ID for her banking, TSA, or other identification purposes. If she needs to fly home to get a driver's license and does not have her VI nor any NY state identification, then a passport, if she has one would suffice.
The cheapest, easiest, quickest, and correct thing to do is to get NY state identification since she lives there.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 8:12 pm
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... or use her passport to come home.

Why does she need a passport to come home?

I never said she needed a passport to get home to the VI. However, she does need government issued identification. A passport would qualify as government issued ID for her banking, TSA, or other identification purposes. If she needs to fly home to get a driver's license and does not have her VI nor any NY state identification, then a passport, if she has one would suffice.
The cheapest, easiest, quickest, and correct thing to do is to get NY state identification since she lives there.

You said, "She should get a license in New York, or use her passport to come home."

Incoming passengers from the US don't need ID - passengers leaving the territory do.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 8:19 pm
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If expediters can get vehicles registered that in no way will pass inspection, I figure there's one that can get the duplicate license.

Everything is for sale in the VI though most won't admit it.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 9:17 pm
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ms411 lol

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 9:24 pm
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How can she produce proof of residence - WAPA bill, for example, if she does not live here?

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Posted : January 4, 2015 9:31 pm
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Maybe her principal place of residence is the USVI but she's in school in NY. The requirements of the BMV are listed on their website for proving principal residency - her mother lives here, she has a valid VI license which was stolen so none of that should be any issue at all. The only question is whether she has to present herself personally to the BMV and I believe this is mandated.

If she can't get back right away, she should let the BMV know as soon as possible that the license has been stolen and may need to provide a copy of the police report. But a 'phone call should sort all that out.

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 9:40 pm
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"If expediters can get vehicles registered that in no way will pass inspection, I figure there's one that can get the duplicate license.

Everything is for sale in the VI though most won't admit it."

Do happen to know a guy who knows a guy who can get a food handlers card without the unpleasant day at the clinic?

 
Posted : January 4, 2015 10:19 pm
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I thought you need an ID to fly anywhere. Doesn't need to be a passport, but I don't remember the last time I flew without having to produce some sort of government ID.

 
Posted : January 5, 2015 12:39 am
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You can get past the airport security gate without ID and matching ticket. But I don't think OP is questioning that.

 
Posted : January 5, 2015 4:06 am
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Message Removed: Please revisit board rules.

 
Posted : January 5, 2015 7:54 am
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Reply Removed.

 
Posted : January 5, 2015 9:37 am
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The VI marketing says no passport required to visit the VI for US citizens but they don't mention anything about going back home when you're done in their adds. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says you don't need a passport to return but if not "it is recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID AND copy of birth certificate." The customs agents in the VI sometimes get a bit aggravated if you try to return without a passport or birth certificate.

 
Posted : January 6, 2015 2:37 am
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I lost my NY drivers license while on STX. I contacted the NY DMV on line and they sent me a new one. No big deal!

 
Posted : January 6, 2015 3:00 am
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I lost my NY drivers license while on STX. I contacted the NY DMV on line and they sent me a new one. No big deal!

Yes, in America things work that way. Here, we don't expect such service, don't demand it, and don't get it. Everyone seems satisfied with what is barely good enough and accepts it as island life.

 
Posted : January 6, 2015 9:28 am
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The VI marketing says no passport required to visit the VI for US citizens but they don't mention anything about going back home when you're done in their adds. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says you don't need a passport to return but if not "it is recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID AND copy of birth certificate." The customs agents in the VI sometimes get a bit aggravated if you try to return without a passport or birth certificate.

True. The full text is here if anybody needs it - it's a good link to have handy when answering the FAQ:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/980/kw/reentry%20from%20us%20virgin%20islands/session/L3NpZC91dTRBY3E2bA%3D%3D/p/0/c/0

It wouldn't even have come up as a sidetrack issue on this thread if MissJustice had properly read what I wrote instead of jumping to attack when I questioned her own wording. 😀

 
Posted : January 6, 2015 9:55 am
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