Getting a Mexico Driver’s License as a Tourist or Resident

Getting a driver’s license in Mexico is fairly easy and inexpensive and is available to anyone in possession of a valid driver’s license, regardless of the country of origin.

A lot of visitors to the area prefer to carry a valid Mexican driver’s license during their stay, something the state government acknowledges and accepts. Obtaining a Mexican driver’s license is not the same in every state, so this information pertains only to the state of Quintana Roo, and in particular, Playa del Carmen.

Below, you will also find 2017 information on the papers and fees required to obtain a Mexican driver’s license as a Mexican or foreign resident.


Direccion General De Seguridad Publica Y transito Municipal on the Arco Vial at the intersection of Avenue Jacinito (near CFE and IMSS Hospital) on the north end of Playa. Their office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To get a local driver’s license as a tourist:

Lets first start with the official list of things you need to get your license.  For foreigners (extranjeros) you will need:

  • The original and copy of your passport photo page
  • The original and copy of your immigration document
  • Original and copy of electric, water or phone bill from Playa Del Carmen

Make sure all your copies are clear or they may not accept them. Bring your own pen and know your blood type. They’ll ask. You will be given an eye exam, so know your alphabet in Spanish, and maybe a quick spin around the block for a driving exam (although this is not likely). There is no written test. These rules apply for everyone.

For Temporary Residents / Tourists:

For Mexicans and Permanent Residents:

These are the current fees for a driver’s license in Playa del Carmen.