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Driving License in Ecuador.

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

A foreigner can drive in Ecuador with his home country license for 180 days, after this time he has two options to get the driver’s license:

1. Obtaining a driver’s license for the first time

2. Exchange of the driver’s license of the country of origin for the Ecuadorian license.

In the two options are practically the same requirements, the difference is that for the license for the first time take a practical exam and if you do not pass it you have to do a course of about 1 month. In the exchange of the license the difference is that the certificate of the Transit Entities of the country of origin must be presented, the same that in case of not being in Spanish must be apostilled or consular, and the translation thereof must be authenticated by a Notary, Consul or Judge for Civil Matters in Ecuador. This document can be obtained in some Embassies or Consulates of the country of origin in Ecuador.

It is important to note that, the license will be issued for the duration of the visa.

If you are a foreign natural person, you must present the Certificate of completion of basic education, which must be apostilled, translated into Spanish and notarized.

It can be a bachelor’s degree or a university degree. For both cases the procedure can be done in two mornings, one to obtain the documents and the next to take the exams.


1. Go to the National Transit Agency to update the data.

2. Generate an online payment order.

3. Pay the value of the procedure with the payment order directly at the bank or at authorized locations

4. Request turn in Customer Service.

5. Validation of documents and payments, attach proof of original payment

6. Theoretical evaluation in Spanish.

7. Delivery of the driver’s license.

For the above process, the original foreign document will not be retained in the case of license exchange.

Remember that at LARM we support and accompany you with obtaining your license, making the process faster and more efficient.

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