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The driving licence requirements in the Dominican Republic state that you must be at least 18 years old to drive and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence.
Generally, the minimum age to hire a car in the Dominican Republic is 21 years old (in some cases, 25 years old with major suppliers). You will need to produce a valid Passport, a valid Driver's License (International or from your own country) and a credit card, in order to secure a car hire in Santo Domingo and other destinations in the country.
Santo Domingo to La Romana - 142kms (2hours)
Bavaro to Caleta - 91kms - (1hour/30mins)
Puerto Plata to Capotillo - 215kms (3hours)
General Dominican Republic driving information, laws, rules and regulations:
Driving in Dominican Republic is on the right-hand side of the road.
Turning right on red lights is permitted, but it should be done with caution
Seat belts are mandatory when driving a hire car in Dominican Republic.
The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.
Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.
Petrol stations in the Dominican Republic generally close at 6pm, although a few do offer 24 hour service. Many are closed or only open for half a day on Sundays.
Tolls are charged on all of the main roads from Santo Domingo.
Parking in most areas tends to be free, although you may come across charges in larger towns. Many hotels offer free parking with your stay. Check when booking your car hire in Punta Cana.
One way car hire within the Dominican Republic is possible, but usually will incur an additional fee. These fees will vary depending on your collection and drop off destinations but you can find out the price in advance. A minimum three day car rental contract is required for all domestic one way bookings.
If you plan to drive a Dominican Republic car hire, you can pick it up in one location and return it to a different one. Some restrictions may apply, so remember to check with the supplier.
When hiring a car, it is important to look through some of the above Dominican Republic driving information, rules and regulations, in order to ensure you have the safest possible journey.
*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.