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Driver's License #240721
06/15/07 02:44 PM
06/15/07 02:44 PM
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flip flop Offline OP
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How do you go about getting a Belizean driver's license?

Also, do you need one to apply for a golf cart permit?

Thanks

Re: Driver's License [Re: flip flop] #240748
06/16/07 09:23 AM
06/16/07 09:23 AM
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Mine Hill NJ
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Technically you need to reside in Belize for 12 months before applying but have know people to get them much earlier than that. You go to you local Dept of Transportation, they give you a list of questions to study and come back on the appointed day that they give the test. All the questions they give you are on the terst so just memorize them. Bring passport photos and pay the fee.

Re: Driver's License [Re: dabunk] #240753
06/16/07 10:57 AM
06/16/07 10:57 AM
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South Ambergris Caye
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For a golf cart license, I know people who have done it immediately after arriving on the island. They were not even asked if they live here or if they had a license elsewhere (which they do not). They just handed in their photos and fee for their 'learners permit' then after a few weeks was able to take their written test for their license.
I believe if you have a US license, you can skip the 'learners permit' stage and take your written test right away.

Re: Driver's License [Re: dabunk] #240754
06/16/07 10:59 AM
06/16/07 10:59 AM
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san pedro, Belize
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I am not sure that is true. As far as I am aware, after three months here, you have to get a Belizean driver's license. That is what I was told by the traffic department. I got my license a short time after moving here because I wanted to apply for a vehicle permit - and you must have a license to apply for a vehicle permit.

The confusing thing is this. The traffic department who deals with your drivers license is not the same department who deals with your permit.

The traffic department that deals with your license used to be downstairs in the town hall. They have moved recently and I am not sure where to. The traffic department that deals with your vehicle permit is above the library for now.

You will need to get a permit if you are buying a vehicle or bringing one on to the island. Just be prepared and be patient. We applied for ours in November and it hasn't been dealt with yet.



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Re: Driver's License [Re: collyk] #240759
06/16/07 01:09 PM
06/16/07 01:09 PM
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flip flop Offline OP
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Thanks for the info...sounds like I better get after that license and soon, seeing as how long it's taking to get approved for a cart permit!

Re: Driver's License [Re: flip flop] #240763
06/16/07 02:59 PM
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Mine Hill NJ
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If you have a valid drivers license you skip the learners part and take the test. If you pass you get the license the same day, no waiting.

Re: Driver's License [Re: flip flop] #240764
06/16/07 02:59 PM
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As long as you only need a golf cart permit it shouldn't be too difficult to obtain a permit. If you buy your cart from Captain Sharks they help you get the permit.

Re: Driver's License [Re: Amanda Syme] #240777
06/17/07 08:38 AM
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Just curious!! Does anyone know if a Belize Drivers license is considered valid if you are in the States. Drivers license from most countries are valid for one year when you are in the States.With no International license required. If I were visiting the States for a few weeks would my Belize license be acceptable for renting a car?

Re: Driver's License [Re: Cooper] #240779
06/17/07 09:13 AM
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