Introduction

Who needs a Mexican driving licence?

It is possible for foreigners to drive in Mexico provided they have a valid driving licence from their home country. Alternatively, you can also acquire a Mexican drivers license.

Introduction

If you wish to acquire a Mexican driving licence you will need to provide 3 copies (one of which should be the original) of the following documents to the Secretaria de Transportes y Vialidad:

  • Valid passport
  • FM-2 or FM-3
  • Proof of address (this could be a telephone bill, for example)
  • Health declaration
  • Valid foreign driving licence

It is likely that you will have to take a written examination before you qualify for your Mexican driving licence. If you think your Spanish is not good enough to take the exam, make this clear in advance because in some cases there is a special service offered to English-speaking residents. Alternatively it is worth finding out whether you are able to take a translator with you into the exam. In any case, do not make it harder for yourself by being unprepared. Aside from the written exam, you may also be required to state your blood type in order to apply for a Mexican driving license.

If you wish to acquire a Mexican driving licence you will need to provide 3 copies (one of which should be the original) of the following documents to the Secretaria de Transportes y Vialidad:

  • Valid passport
  • FM-2 or FM-3
  • Proof of address (this could be a telephone bill, for example)
  • Health declaration
  • Valid foreign driving licence

It is likely that you will have to take a written examination before you qualify for your Mexican driving licence. If you think your Spanish is not good enough to take the exam, make this clear in advance because in some cases there is a special service offered to English-speaking residents. Alternatively it is worth finding out whether you are able to take a translator with you into the exam. In any case, do not make it harder for yourself by being unprepared. Aside from the written exam, you may also be required to state your blood type in order to apply for a Mexican driving license.

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  • Jan, 08 December 2009 Reply

    rules changed..

    the article seems outdated, at least in DF I got a license for 483 pesos, copy of phone bill, showing my FM-2 and that was it.. not questions asked, in and out in 20 minutes with a license (so NO healt declaration, not showing my european license, nothing..)