All yellow plates to be replaced by year-end

| 24/05/2022 | 48 Comments
Cayman News Service
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(CNS): The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) expects that all the old ‘yellow’ vehicle registration plates will be replaced before the year is out. It now has all the numbers for the remaining 3,700 old plates, which will all soon be available for collection. Owners with temporary licence plates must replace them before the end of this month. As of 1 June, those plates will be illegal.

The temporary plates can be switched at DVDL’s Crewe Road location on Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am to 4.00pm and drivers will be committing a criminal offence, with a fine of $2,500 or up to six months imprisonment, if they don’t get the permanent plates on their vehicles by the end of May. Officials

told CNS that they will be releasing more details on the final stage to complete the transition from Cayman’s old registration system to the new smart system.

“The DVDL has completed the embossing of 3,700 plates that were left to complete for the re-plating (of the yellow plates). DVDL continues on a daily basis to exchange these plates at its counters at the time of each transaction. The re-plating of all remaining vehicles is forecasted to be done by December 2022,” they confirmed.

Members of the public can check on the DVDL website to see if their plates are ready for collection at the Crewe Road Office.

In the event the plate number does not show up on the plate checker, motorists can contact the office by email at or via the Customer Support Unit at 945-8344.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why everything got to be white though?

  2. Rodney Barnett IV says:

    I’m very confused.
    This article states that the DVDL is busy embossing replacement plates for the remaining 3,000+ vehicles still having the “Yellow” plates.
    Trouble is, when I turned in my old plates, for two different cars (about 8 months apart) I received completely new plates for each vehicle.
    So what happened to my newly stamped plates?

  3. Anonymous says:

    What about the red ones? 2033?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ll believe this when I see it

  5. Anonymous says:

    Still waiting for mine 3 1/2 years later. So good luck with that.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I bought my car six years ago brand new. After reading this article, I typed in my plate number on the DVDL site. It told me “in progress”. I took a screenshot of that with the time stamp and will keep a printed copy in my car if I get pulled over. Just to make a point, I’m going to check again when this law comes into effect and add that to the first screenshot.

    I would advise everyone to do this.

  7. Anonymous says:

    8:30am to 4:00pm. Must be nice. #worldclass

  8. Anonymous says:

    My car is regularly serviced, it is inspected and insured. For years now I have been checking the section online on the DVL website and when I type in my license number to see if the new number plate is ready, I am told it is “in progress”. Any comments Mr Dixon or Mr Manderson?

  9. License to 😴 says:

    Dear DVDL. In the future, the next time you design or accept a design for license plates, please make sure to distinguish better than what’s now available for the rental car version. And no, the tiny “Rental” name above the numbers and dark forest green of those numbers aren’t good enough, not ever close.

    From just a few feet away, that forest green colour looks black, just like the normal plate design, plus the “Rental” tag is just about unreadable unless one is within several feet to actually discern.

    • Anonymous says:

      How will tourists be differentiated on the roads?

      • Anonymous says:

        They shouldn’t be any different. It is a magnet to thieves if a car is clearly “Tourist”.

        • nauticalone345 says:

          True, but then the rental companies plaster their decals very prominently on the cars anyhow, so..??

        • License to 😴 says:

          Somewhat true. However, it’s just as easy for the thieves, all they have to do is hang out along the Seven Mile Beach restaurants, bars, hotels and other “Tourist” hot spots. We’re small see, so no hiding what’s what, who’s who. But at least with a rental car license plate difference, I’ll be cautious on the approach. 🚙🚗👀😬

      • Anonymous says:

        They drive on the wrong side of the road. Easy to spot.

      • License to 😴 says:

        I saw use the blue plates with white numbers to distinguish. Whatever the blue plates are used for now, change.

        A quick history lesson:

        When white license plates were only used for rental cars, we all knew to beware and take note, drive extra cautiously. From experience, those that saw a white license plate coming at ya, they were on High Alert!

      • Anonymous says:

        Look for their wipers to start going when they should be indicating.

        • License to 😴 says:


          To tell you the truth, I sometimes make that mistake too! Especially when driving a left-hand drive car.

  10. Anonymous says:

    We brought in the new plates years ago. Surely the cars left are nit road worthy. Also why are there not automatic scanners everywhere, which was the whole point, to disqualify and prosecute anyone driving a car that is not inspected and insured, the quality of driving here is third world amongst caymanians and Jamaicans… let’s at least make it difficult to not be crashing a road worthy insured vehicle.

    • Anonymous says:

      You sound like the world’s biggest Karen. You think 5 year old cars aren’t road worthy?

      After your call for “scanners everywhere” and your insult to Caymanians and Jamaicans, all I can say is that I wish there was a way to disqualify and prosecute you for being a total knob.

      There are days where I wish I could meet some of the people who make these comments. I’d love to see them make them out loud, to actual people.

      Of course most of you never would as you would have zero friends and would receive regular atomic wedgies.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve been waiting for my new white plates ever since they were brought in, at each inspection I’m told they’re not ready yet….. world class civil service, 😡

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nice try DVDL..I’ve been waiting for 3 yrs now to get the new plates only to be told the old ones are backorder. Get your house in order before making baseless claims.

  12. Anonymous says:

    3700 Plates. 6 Months. 120 working days. 30-31 plates per day. So 30-31 extra customers to an over-full office each day. Good luck. And be grateful those of us who don’t have to try do any business at DVES for the rest of the year.

  13. Say it like it is says:

    End of which year?.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Anyone might believe that these RFID plates were being bashed out with basic hand tools in a 3rd world garage workshop somewhere. I’d like to see an Ombudsman’s report detailing the reason(s) for the 5+ year duration to issue these plates.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Not changing mine. They yellow plates are part of our culture and heritage.

  16. Anonymous says:

    So why was I told mine aren’t ready? It’s been like 5 years.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Why would anyone want to subject themselves of having to go to the DVDL premises? If the pr!ck$ want the plates changing they can come to my house and do it for me, I certainly won’t be attending unless they guarantee to reimburse me for the lost half days’ vacation I’ll have to take to come.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been waiting for years for my Q-plate replacement. Soon come!

    • Anonymous says:

      Mine says “processing” and shall stay that way.. I made the mistake of emailing about it, but at least I ga something to work wid if the JamPolice pull me over.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Here we go again, threatened with fines because of their own inadequacy. I was specifically told after waiting two hours to licence my vehicle for temporary plates that they would inform me when the new stock was in. Now I have only a couple of days to go and line up again, because they are incompetent to keep stock of plates. Furthermore I have to learn this from a media outlet

  20. Anonymous says:

    auditor general needs to audit this whole farce asap.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Fining “speeders” doesn’t make motorists use their indicators, or stop them from overtaking around the outside in traffic circles, or put down phones, or drive sober, or curtail donorcycle and dump truck rogues. These are 90% of our road user problems. It also doesn’t distribute RCIPS patrol cars in the districts to reduce opportunistic crime, and/or 9-1-1 response times. For what we are paying, the later should be measured in seconds, not quarters of an hour.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it

  23. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha, I believe it when I see it.

  24. Anonymous says:

    No they won’t.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Do Tesla drivers require a front plate?

    • Anonymous says:

      Window sticker will be read the same as the superfluous front plate RFID, so it doesn’t really matter unless a cop wants to write a ticket, and they don’t. Front plates should all be eliminated and cut plate manufacturing costs by 50%

      • Anonymous says:

        The law requires clearly visible front and rear plates on all vehicles, and that doesn’t mean on the dashboard.

        If you don’t like the law, get it changed. Otherwise, comply with it. You are not entitled to pick and choose the laws you’re prepared to follow and those you’re not.

        And front plates are not superfluous: CCTV makes them as useful for identifying wrongdoers as rear plates.

        I blame the police for failing to enforce the law when it is being so obviously flouted.

        • Anonymous says:

          The law does not apply to certain segments of our society.

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t disagree with the sentiment, only that the Traffic Law/Regualtions seem to be mythical documents relating to some unknown third party, since there are all sorts of rules an fines that aren’t enforced by RCIPs. While picking and choosing, let’s not pick an alternate reality where consequences reside. The cops are 404, have been for decades, and having 3 RFIDs on cars is probably at least one too many for the automatic scanners that can detect that info from >100 yards. Don’t have to be a Tesla driver to comprehend that front plates don’t really add value or fix what ails us, if all we plan to do is install passive fee-grabbing tunnel scanners.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just because some US states don’t require front plates doesn’t make it a good idea. This is a place where an indicator is the same color as a brake light.

        Fine the Tesla drivers, I’m sure the autonomy of the car will extend to processing the payment too.

  26. A.J. says:

    Good, the yellow plates are ugly.


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