|Drivers in outlying Regions NOT required to visit Georgetown for licence applications / renewals|
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has noted reports in the press about drivers on the Essequibo Coast experiencing “delays in licence renewals” and being forced to “travel to Georgetown to access GRA service”.
The Authority has recognised that persons in the outlying regions sometimes are inconvenienced when there is a need to conduct business with the GRA or in order to be tax compliant. Accordingly, we have been investigating ways to address this and to lessen the burden on taxpayers to voluntarily comply with the tax laws of Guyana.
In order to make it convenient for tourists to obtain a Driver's Permit, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has put relevant facilities in place at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) for travelers to access.
VEHICLES REGISTERED IN GUYANA
Any tourist wishing to drive a locally registered motor vehicle on the roadways of Guyana must obtain a Driver's Permit issued by the Licence Revenue Office of the Guyana Revenue Authority. The tourist must do the following:
- - Provide the Licencing Officer with a valid Driver's Licence (from their country of origin).
- - Provide details of their local address while in Guyana.
- Answer any question that the Officer may have in relation to his/her stay in Guyana and reason for requiring the permit.
Note: (1)Once issued, a Driver's Permit is valid for one (1) month.
(2)Foreign nationals who are desirous of driving in Guyana must obtain a Driver's Permit and are required to make the application in person, since applications cannot be made via e-mail.
If you are unable to obtain your Driver/s Permit at the CJIA, kindly visitthe Excise Licencing and Motor Vehicle Registration Office (known as the Licence Revenue Office) located at Smythe and Princess Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown to process your request for aDriver's Permit. See requirements for driving motor vehicles registered in Suriname and Brazil below.
VEHICLES REGISTERED IN BRAZIL
- Driving in Lethem
The Lethem area is a Freeport zone. Therefore, visitors entering Guyana from Brazil, via the Takatu Bridge, with a motor vehicle which was registered in Brazil can now drive that motor vehicle in the Lethem area without having to obtain a temporary importation document provided that their in Guyana does not exceed seventy-two hours (72 hours).
Note:Vehicles registered in Brazil cannot leave the Lethem area during or after the 72 hour period without obtaining the appropriate Guyana Revenue Authority documentation.
- Driving outside of Lethem
Visitors using a motor vehicle which was registered in Brazil or any other country (which has an International Road Transportation Agreement with Guyana) who wish to leave the Lethem area and visit Georgetown or any other part of Guyana must obtain a Temporary Importation of Vehicle and Free Driver's Licence.
If you are in the Lethem area and need to obtain a Temporary Importation of Vehicle and Free Driver's Licence please visit the Guyana Revenue Authority's Integrated Office which is located in the Multipurpose Complex, Lethem, Region 9. When making your application you will be required to submit the following documents:
(1) Motor Vehicle Registration;
(2) Driver's Licence;
(3) Motor Vehicle Insurance; which can be obtained from one of two (2) Insurance companies located in Lethem; and
(4) A valid Form of Identification, either a Passport or National Identification Card.
(5) An International Travel Document for the motor vehicle (to be submitted by all foreign nationals except Brazilian nationals).
(1) Once issued, a Temporary Importation of Vehicle and Free Driver's Licence is only valid of for fourteen (14) days.
(2) If the motor vehicle remains in Guyana after the approved 14 day period the GRA can take possession of the motor vehicle and impose duties and taxes in accordance with the tax laws of Guyana. Failure to pay the duties and taxes will result in the motor vehicle being forfeited to the GRA.
(3) In cases of emergency, where you may need to utilize your motor vehicle in Guyana in excess of the approved timeframe, the owner/driver of the motor vehicle may seek an extension from the Commissioner-General, GRA. To do so, you must visit the nearest GRA office.
For more information on how to obtain a Temporary Importation of Motor Vehicle and Free Driver's Licence whilst in Lethem, kindly contact GRA's Lethem Branch Office on telephone numbers 592-772-2257 or 592-772-2258.
VEHICLES REGISTERED IN SURINAME
Residents or nationals of Suriname entering Guyana from Suriname, via the Moleson Creek port of entry, with a motor vehicle which was registered in Suriname will be allowed to drive that motor vehicle in Guyana for a period not exceeding 14 days provided that they obtain a Certificate of Temporary Import of Motor Vehicle from the Customs and Trade Administration, GRA.
The Certificate of Temporary Import of Motor Vehicle can be obtained from the GRA's Customs office which is situated adjacent to the Moleson Creek Ferry Stelling. The procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Temporary Import of Motor Vehicle is as follows:
- Complete an application form (in duplicate). The form costs two hundred Guyana dollars ($200 GYD) and can be uplifted at the port of entry.
- Submit application form and the following documents to the Customs Office:
(i) Motor Vehicle Registration;
(ii) Valid Driver's Licence;
(iii) Motor Vehicle Insurance which provides coverage for Guyana; and
(iv) A valid Form of Identification, either a Passport or National Identification Card.
(v)If the motor vehicle does not belong to the driver, then he/she must submit a notarized authorisation from the owner of the motor vehicle which authorizes the driver to utilize the motor vehicle in Guyana.
(iv) In cases where the Motor Vehicle Registration is being held by a bank in Suriname as security, a notarized authorization (in English) from the bank must be submitted indicating that permission has been granted for the vehicle to be removed from Suriname for a limited period.
1. Once issued, a Certificate of Temporary Import of Vehicle is only valid of for fourteen (14) days.
2.If the motor vehicle remains in Guyana after the approved 14 day period the GRA can take possession of the motor vehicle and impose duties and taxes in accordance with the tax laws of Guyana. Failure to pay the duties and taxes will result in the motor vehicle being forfeited to the GRA.
3. In cases of emergency, where you may need to utilize your motor vehicle in Guyana in excess of the approved timeframe, the owner/driver of the motor vehicle may seek an extension from the Commissioner-General, GRA. To do so, you must visit the nearest GRA office.
For more information on how to obtain a Certificate of Temporary Import of Motor Vehicle Importation when crossing the Guyana/Suriname border, kindly contact the Guyana Revenue Authority, Corriverton Branch Office, Corriverton, Berbice on telephone numbers 592-339-2818 or 592-339-2819.