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The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued an increased number of new and renewed driver's licenses compared to previous years.
According to its annual report, in 2015, 535 new licenses were issued on Tortola and 110 on Virgin Gorda (VG), compared to 484 on Tortola in 2014 and 149 in VG. For renewals, there were 5,278 issued on Tortola in 2015 and 824 on VG, compared to 3,245 in 2014 on Tortola and 607 on VG.
The total driver's licenses issued in 2015 on Tortola and VG stood at 6,747.
The department has issued a total of 86 temporary driver's licenses, which carry a cost of $10.00 each and has a validity period not exceeding 90 days.
Persons can obtain a driver's license by going through the process of completing the written examination, the driver's cone test examination and the road skills examination, if they do not possess a valid driver's license from overseas.
If one has a valid driver's license issued overseas, then they can have their license converted to a Virgin Islands driver's license by completing the written examination and a driver's road skills examination.
There has also been an increase in the number of vehicles licensed, where the department recorded a record breaking number of 16,951 vehicles licensed for 2015. According to DMV, this figure represents a 4.20 percent increase over the 16,267 vehicles licensed in 2014.