Complete Guide to Vehicle Registration in Ecuador: Steps & Documents

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What is it?

Vehicle registration in Ecuador is a legal process that involves obtaining a valid permit for your vehicle to be driven on public roads. This service ensures that your vehicle is recognized by the authorities, providing you with a registration certificate and license plates. The process involves submitting necessary documents, paying relevant fees, and completing inspections as required by the local transportation authorities.

Who needs it?

This service is essential for individuals or businesses in Ecuador who have purchased a new or used vehicle and need it officially registered. Expats moving to Ecuador with their vehicles, local car buyers, travelers wanting to drive locally, and anyone selling or transferring vehicle ownership will find this service indispensable. Ensuring your vehicle is legally registered helps avoid fines and legal issues.


  1. Gather all necessary documents including personal identification, proof of purchase, and previous registration if applicable.
  2. Visit the nearest Agencia Nacional de Tránsito (ANT) office or authorized service center.
  3. Fill out the vehicle registration application form available at the ANT office or their website.
  4. Submit the filled application form along with the required documents to the ANT office.
  5. Pay the required registration fees at the designated payment counter.
  6. Undergo a vehicle inspection if stipulated by the ANT as part of the registration process.
  7. Receive your vehicle registration certificate and license plates upon approval and the completion of all procedures.

Required documents

  • Personal identification: Cedula or passport.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership: Purchase invoice or sales contract.
  • Previous vehicle registration: Needed if registering a used vehicle.
  • Proof of address: Utility bill or rental agreement.

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Additional details

  • Registration costs and taxes can be high in Ecuador due to various import regulations and local policies.
  • It’s possible to buy a vehicle in Ecuador without a driver’s license, but registration will still require legal documentation.
  • Make sure to account for possible wait times at the ANT office due to high demand.
  • Foreigners may need additional documents such as a valid visa or residency permit.


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