Here’s How to Apply for a Mexican D.L.

July 17, 2008

Mexican Driver’s License Requirements


First, I should tell you that your US or Canadian License will work just fine in Mexico. So why am I giving you the requirements to get a Mexican License?


Some believe that you might get a break on a traffic infraction if you can produce a Mexican DL if you get stopped by the local Transito.


It also makes dandy Identification if you need to give your name or address to a Spanish speaker. You just plop down you shiny new license and since it’s all in Spanish, easy to read for them, and they are familiar with looking at this document it might just speeds things along a bit.


OK, here’s what you will need:


1. FM-3 or FM-2


2. Passport


3. Letter of recommendation from a business person (with logo, signature and cedula seal and copy of writer’s photo identification) Note: While this is a formal requirement my experience is that for foreigners this requirement is waived.


4. Proof of residence with a date not more than 90 days old (receipt for electricity, water, telephone, predial, etc.) in your name or in the name of a relative with the same last name. If receipt is in your married name, present your marriage certificate.


5. Application for license from Hacienda office available in the Chapala Post Office building.


6. Know Your Blood Type


7. Eye exam (available from an optometrist)


8. No driving test required if you have a valid Driver’s License from the USA or Canada


Original and one copy of all documents to the transito office in Guadalajara on Alcalde Street


FEES: (The last I knew) Automobile – $220 pesos every 5 years Chauffeur – $270 pesos every 5 years


Note 1: There is a written test that you take in Spanish, but you are allowed to have a translator to help you.

I guess the translator is on the honor system as far as helping you with more than translation.


Note 2: You can legally drive as a visitor to the USA on your Mexican Driver’s license, rent cars there, etc. as the two countries accept each other’s driver’s licenses.




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