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COVID-19 FAQs: DVDL & Driving

Cayman Islands Government
Published: April 30 2020
Last Updated: August 10, 2020

In The DVDL F.A.Qs

This section covers questions relating to vehicle licensing and driving in regards to COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands. Click the links below to skip to the relevant questions or scroll down to read more:

  1. Are the DVDL offices open?
  2. Is TCE still valid?
  3. Who is responsible for the roadworthy condition of the vehicle?
  4. What Do I Check my Car For?
  5. What About The Validity Of The Inspection Certificate?
  6. Further questions

For the most up to date advice on TCEs read the DVDL advice here.


Are the DVDL Offices Open?

All Department of Vehicle and Driver’s Licensing (DVDL) office locations have re-opened with normal hours of operation, as of Monday, July 13. Driving tests have commenced as of July 20. 

Crewe Road Location
Opening hours for the Crewe Road location are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Breakers & West Bay Locations
Opening hours for Breakers and West Bay locations are Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. 

To ensure the health and safety of employees and customers and to adhere to required social distancing guidelines, access to the customer lobby area will be permitted in a controlled manner.

The DVDL further advises that the drop box system which was available to customers during the shelter in place regulations has been discontinued.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to use online platforms to renew vehicle and driver’s licence via DVDL’s website at www.dvdl.gov.ky or through the e-services portal www.eservices.gov.ky.

Persons experiencing issues can email dvdl.helpdesk@gov.ky for assistance.


Is TCE Still Valid?

The Temporary Extension of a Certificate (TCE) of Roadworthiness (also known as the Inspection certificate) is the temporary extension of a Certificate of Roadworthiness is to allow for the six-month renewal of a vehicle’s license that will expire or has recently expired and could not be renewed due to the closure of the DVDL as a result of COVID-19.

Now that DVDL offices have reopened TCEs are not being issued and all expired vehicle and driver licences must be renewed. 

Who is responsible for the roadworthy condition of the vehicle?

The Traffic Law, Traffic Regulations and Road Code place this burden on the owner/driver to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy at all times when being used on the road.

Each time you use the vehicle, always do a physical inspection / check to ensure it is working


what Do I Check my Car For?

Please ensure that these are working:

  • Brakes, horns, all lights, windscreen wipers (front and back), windscreens (front / back and that they are clean) indicators, battery, steering.
  • Muffler/silencer – must be in leak-proof condition and in sound mechanical order.
  • Tyre tread: tyres (including the spare) – must have a tread depth of 1mm around the
    circumference and across 75% of its breadth; tyres on the same axle are to be of similar
    design (no mix tyres); and no defective tyres.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s booklet or handbook of your vehicle.

The Certificate must be produced, if required, by a Police Officer or a Vehicle Examiner appointed by DVDL.


What About The Validity Of The Inspection Certificate?

The Certificate is valid for the specified period but renewal options of the licence must fit within the inspection period. Online renewal is available through the DVDL guest user portal at eservices.gov.ky.


Compulsory Certificate of Insurance or Cover Note

You must have a valid Certificate of Insurance or Cover Note to satisfy the requirements of The Motor Vehicle Insurance (Third Party Risks) Law, Traffic Law and Traffic Regulations.


Further Questions

Any question or query relating to this Certificate or your car, motorcycle, or truck should be addressed to DVDL@gov.ky or by calling 945-8344.


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