Readers often ask us about the requirements to obtain a Mexican driver’s license. That can be a difficult question to answer in general terms because the requirements change by jurisdiction.
Some jurisdictions require a written/practical test for new drivers; however, the majority do not. And even the ones that do will often give you a pass if you can present them with a valid foreign driver’s license.
Last week, Linda accompanied one of our expat friends down to the police station in Tulum to help her get a driver’s license. So, I figured that this was as good a time as any to write about the requirements in this area.
Requirements and Costs
One of the first things you learn when you move to Mexico is to bring your own copies of documents to government offices because they will not make them for you. They will simply smile and tell you to come back later with copies.
Here’s what our friend had to bring (originals and copies):
- Proof of address (CFE bill is preferred)
- Proof of legal presence in Mexico (temporary or permanent resident card for foreigners)
- Foreign driver’s license (copy both sides)
On the list of requirements, they do have “proof of blood type”; however, they normally just take your word for it.
The cost for the license (automovilista) was $380 pesos, which is about $20 USD. The license is valid for two years.
Let’s Wrap This Up
If you don’t speak Spanish well, it’s a good idea to bring someone bilingual along with you.
That’s the role Linda was playing in all this. She accepted the job in exchange for two delicious cochinita pibil tacos from Taquería Honorio in Tulum. I told her that she should have held out for at least three.