How To Get Your Mexican Driver’s License

By Yucatan Expatriate Services

Sooner or later, you may want to bite the bullet and get your Mexican driver’s license. While you are perfectly legal driving in Mexico with your driver’s license from your country of origin, why not have two licenses, just in case? If you get stopped in Mexico and have to surrender your driver’s license to a policeman, it is good to have a Mexican license to give him, while keeping your country-of-origin license for when you are returning home. In addition, learning the driving laws of Mexico and proving that you have passed the test is a good thing to do in your new home country.


Where To Go

You can get your driver’s license in two places in Merida. One location is in the Centro, across from the Zoo in the old Penitentiary. The other location is in the north of Merida, just south of Liverpool on the same side of Prolongación Montejo. The two locations are:

Departamento de Registro y Control Vehicular

      Calle 61-A # 494 x 88-A and 90,

Colonia Centro

      (The big building across from the

Parque Centenario

      Zoo on the

Parque de La Paz



      Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday 8:0 AM to 1:00 PM


    (999) 923-6540 or (999) 928-5028

Convention Center Siglo XXI, Kabah Salon

      Calle 60 North,

Colonia Revolución Ex-Cordemex

      Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 19:30, Saturday 8:00 to 17:30


    (999) 981-6420

Driver’s License Documentation

When you go to apply for your driver’s license, you need to pick up the application form at the desk, and fill it out. In addition, you must bring the following documents with you (both the original and a copy to leave with the authorities):

  • Valid Passport
  • Visa proving your legal status in Mexico
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of address: A recent bill for your water (JAPAY), electricity (CFE), phone (Telmex or Telcel or your phone company), property tax (known as a predial) or a bank statement in your name and not older than 90 days.

Costs to obtain a driver’s license are:

  • Car license: $337.00 MXN
  • Motorcycle license: $196.00 MXN

You will be asked to fill out the forms completely. You will then be given instructions to pay the appropriate fees at a local bank, and what documentation to bring back after you have paid.

Procedure To Obtain Your Driver’s License

First, you will submit your documentation in the reception area, including the application. You will be asked to take an eye exam, to ensure that your eyesight is in good condition to drive. You will be asked to do a blood test if you don´t already know your blood type. If you do know it, it is not necessary to take this step. Just tell them your blood type.

You will be given a written test based on the Regulation of Transportation of the Government of the State. This tests you on the current driving laws of the State. The booklet outlining the current laws is not available in English, but the test can be taken in English. You will also be required to take a driving test with your vehicle.

Once you pass the two tests, there is no additional fee to get your license. At the offices listed above, where you take your test, they will take your picture, obtain your fingerprints and your signature. At that time, you must present the receipt of your payment in the license delivery area. After that, your license will be issued and provided to you. A Mexican driver´s license is good for two years.

Renewing Your Driver’s License in Mexico

As we mentioned, your initial license is valid for a two year period. Renewing your license is much more convenient, as long as you do it before it becomes invalid.

You have three options when renewing your Mexican driver’s license:

  • Go to either of the two locations mentioned above.
  • Go to any USE (Unidad de Servicios Electrónicos) locations 60 days prior to your license expiration or 30 days after expiration.
  • Renew online, within 12 months before expiration or 30 days after. To renew online, you need a credit or debit card for payment. The license will be delivered to your home within 10 working days by DHL, or you can pick it up at the Departamento de Registro y Control Vehicular near Parque de la Paz (address above).

The USE locations are as follows:


Gran Plaza, Mérida, Yuc.
First floor, in front of the CFE office.
Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00 hrs.

Plaza Fiesta, Mérida, Yuc.
Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 21:00 hrs.

Plaza Las Américas, Mérida, Yuc.
Local 25, between Librería Dante and VIPS restaurant
Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 22:00 hrs.

Plaza Oriente, Mérida, Yuc.
Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 22:00 hrs.

México Norte
Calle 20 #104 x 23 and 25, Offices 1 and 2 Plaza México, Colonia México, Mérida, Yuc.
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00 hrs., Saturday from 9:30 to 13:00 hrs.

Villa Palmira. Calle 95 No. 504 x 62 Col. Delio Moreno, Mérida, Yuc.
Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00 hrs., Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00 hrs.


Calle 31 # 374 x 44 y 46 Centro, Izamal, Yuc.
Next to the Civil Registry
Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00 hrs., Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00 hrs.


La Casona, Calle 50 between 53 and 55, Tekax, Yuc.
In front of the city’s market
Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 20:00 hrs., Saturday from 08:00 to 13:00 hrs.


Calle 21 no number X 24-A Col. Centro, Ticul, Yuc.
Casa de la Cultura.
Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00 hrs., Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00 hrs.


Calle 45 between 62 and 64, Tizimín, Yuc.
In front of the “Zoológico de la Reina”
Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 20:00 hrs., Saturday from 08:00 to 13:00 hrs.


Calle 42 No. 203 x 43 Col. Centro, Valladolid, Yuc.
Former local of the Elementary School José María Iturralde
Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00 hrs., Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00 hrs.

You cannot renew online or at a USE location two years in a row. If you use one of those methods one year, the next year you must go to one of the two locations at the beginning of this article.

You need to take the following documents with you to renew (the original and a copy):

  • Original driver´s license.
  • ID (passport).
  • Proof of address (electricity, water or phone bill, not older than 2 months).

The fee to renew is the same as for obtaining the initial license and you must pay at the office where you are doing the procedure in cash only. As long as your data and information is in the system, you will not be required to take either driving test again. If you do not renew your driver´s license after the initial two years, and do it on time, there are penalties. If you are stopped by the police and you do not have a valid driver’s license when he requests it, there will be penalties of 13 to 15 times the local minimum wage, which comes to about $730 MXN to $850 MXN.

If you want help getting your Mexican Driver’s License, the bilingual project managers at Yucatan Expatriate Services can assist you.