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:
- What is TCE?
- What is TCE for?
- Who can apply for TCE?
- When does it come into effect?
- How do TCEs work?
- Who is responsible for the roadworthy condition of the vehicle?
- What Do I Check my Car For?
- What About The Validity Of The Inspection Certificate?
- Further questions
For the most up to date advice on TCEs read the DVDL advice here.
What Is TCE?
The temporary extension of a Certificate of Roadworthiness (also known as the Inspection certificate).
What Is TCE for?
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 cannot be renewed due to the closure of the DVDL as a result of COVID-19.
You may apply for a TCE if you own a vehicle with a Certificate of Roadworthiness that has expired or will expire between 1 February 2020 and 30 June 2020.
Who Can Apply For a TCE?
TCEs came into effect on 30 April 2020.
When Does It Come Into Effect?
How Do TCEs work?
TCEs can work in one of two ways:
If a vehicle has a Certificate of Roadworthiness that has expired or will expire between 1 February 2020 and 30 June 2020, the DVDL has issued an extension effective 30 April 2020.If this is the case:
- Renewal of the vehicle’s license can be completed online at eservices.gov.ky. Print the online transaction receipt for your records and keep it in your vehicle.
- No Inspection fee is due at this time. However, the cost of renewal will be in accordance with regulations 27(4)&(5) of the Traffic (Amendment) Regulations, 2019.
- Example 1: If a car’s inspection was due on 22 February 2020, then the new date for inspection will be around 1 November 2020. The owner can renew online for either three or six months and will be charged from 1 May 2020 accordingly. Prorated back fees will apply from 22 February through 30 April 2020.
- Example 2: If a car’s inspection is due on 30 May 2020, then the new date for inspection will be around 1 December 2020. The owner can renew online for either three or six months and will be charged from 1 May 2020 accordingly.
New vehicles, no older than 2019, purchased through a local dealer can be registered and
licensed by dropping the paperwork off at one of the DVDL offices (in the provided drop-boxes).
This will not affect the validity of your current policy of insurance; however, vehicles must be insured in order to renew.
2. All other vehicles
Owners should email the DVDL at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice on the procedure or status of a vehicle that does not fit in specified categories.
It is an offence under section 93(1) of the Traffic Law to use a vehicle in breach of construction and use regulations (i.e. without a Certificate of Road Worthiness) and, on conviction, persons are subject to a fine of up to $1,000 or to 6 months imprisonment or to both pursuant to section 58 of the Traffic Law.
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.