New post from missionary Erin Mackenzie
Posted: 04 Dec 2020 11:14 AM PST
I successfully completed my car registration today!
I know, who cares, right? It’s one of those cultural moments I can’t pass up, though: the process is vastly different than in the US.
Proof of vehicle registration here is called a Marbete (a Spanish word meaning “label” or “tag”) and comes in the form of a holographic sticker that goes on the righthand side of your car’s windshield. Marbetes are purchased from a specific local bank chain for RD$3,000 (a little over $50USD) if your car is newer than 2016. There’s no inspection requirement, and certainly no emissions testing!
Typically, they go on sale October 1. Drivers have until December 31 to purchase them; the longer you wait, the longer the lines get. They’re good for one year and must be correctly placed by January 1. You can’t remove the prior year’s Marbete until December 31, so everyone simply adds the new one to a gradually lengthening lineup down the side of the windshield. As you can see, I’m on #4.
Everything takes longer in Latin America. My 2021 Marbete took three attempts:
Until next time, blessings!
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