How to Get a Driver's License in Colombia: Step-by-Step Guide

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What is it?

Getting a driver’s license in Colombia is an essential process for both residents and foreigners who wish to drive legally within the country. The service involves understanding the local regulations, preparing necessary documents, and passing the driving tests in local transit offices. This comprehensive guide will help you navigate through each step efficiently.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for expatriates, tourists planning an extended stay in Colombia, foreigners with an international license who need a local one, and new residents who want to drive legally in Colombia. It is crucial for anyone living in Colombia who intends to drive a car or motorcycle legally on Colombian roads.


  1. Research the local requirements for obtaining a driver’s license in Colombia.
  2. Enroll in a driving school if necessary, to get familiar with local driving rules and regulations.
  3. Undergo a medical examination at an authorized center to ensure you are fit to drive.
  4. Collect and prepare all the required documentation.
  5. Submit your documentation to the local transit office and schedule your written and practical driving tests.
  6. Pass the written exam covering local road signs and regulations.
  7. Pass the practical driving test conducted by an authorized examiner.
  8. Pay the applicable fees and wait for your license to be processed.

Required documents

  • Foreign driver’s license (translated or with an apostille as required)
  • Valid passport or Colombian cedula (national ID card)
  • Proof of residence in Colombia
  • Medical fitness certificate from an authorized health center
  • Photos (as per specified format)
  • Application form obtained from the local transit office

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Additional details

  • You can drive with a foreign license in Colombia for a limited time, usually up to six months.
  • Carrying a physical copy of your driver’s license is advisable as some officials may not accept digital copies.
  • Motorcycle riders must comply with different rules and may need additional certifications.
  • Ensure your international driver’s license is up-to-date and check if any special agreements exist between Colombia and your home country.
  • Check transit office websites or contact them directly for the most current information and updates on regulations.


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