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Post by Sherman on Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:22 am

there's a fairly new on-line magazine subscription (for a charge) that I looked at recently during a week-long trial.
One of the articles was on obtaining a Jalisco Driver's license.

The article suggested that you had to have a permanent resident Visa to get a license.
I found this interesting because I've had a Jalisco driver's license for 3 years and I do not have a permanent resident Visa, and don't expect to get one any time soon.

Did something change in this last go-round of laws placing restrictions on who can get a Jalisco State driver's license?

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Post by sparks on Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:19 am

A resident visa is all you need. Lots of bad info "out there"
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Post by CheenaGringo on Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:25 am

Go to love the "new experts" who actually manage to find people willing to pay for their lack of knowledge and experience!

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Post by Sherman on Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:37 am

Thanks. I did not think anything had changed.



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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:42 am

Information found on the on-line mag you "test read" should always be taken with a huge grain of salt -- which makes me wonder why anyone would pay to read it.
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Post by Sherman on Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:22 pm

I read some of the other articles where I knew the content was 'off' because of my personal experience from living here ... but I did not know for sure if there had been a change in the Jalisco laws about who could have a driver's license and I wanted to find that out 'before' i got stopped rather than after!!

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Post by HelperGuy on Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:21 pm

Her information is typically incorrect. Don't know where she gets it.

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Post by slainte39 on Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:33 pm

Sherman wrote:there's a fairly new on-line magazine subscription (for a charge) that I looked at recently during a week-long trial.
It's worth exactly what you paid for it.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:07 am

I finally went and got my Jalisco drivers license. I had to present my CURP, Visa, Passport and proof of residence (CFE Bill less than 90 days old) plus one copy (front and back) of all these documents. They also want to know your blood type although no documentation is required for that.

They enter all the information then send you in for pictures and fingerprints. There is a written test on a computer with 10 questions. They are in Spanish but they will help you with translation and even offer you the correct answers. The road test is next. You can either take it or, while you are with the tester, you can offer to "help the office" and skip the road test (so I have heard.....jaja).

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Post by David on Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:36 am

Where does one go to get a DL?
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:06 pm

The DL office is in Chapala. I don't recall the exact street name however it is about 1 1/2 blocks northwest from the Motor Vehicle Branch.
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Post by David on Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:19 pm

Do you mean from the Recaudadora, where you pay for tickets and annual car sticker?
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Post by Pedro on Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:31 pm

yes it's on the same street on a corner west of the ticket office. usually there are transito trucks parked there. it's also where the commandante has his office.
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:43 pm

David wrote:Do you mean from the Recaudadora, where you pay for tickets and annual car sticker?

Yes, from there it is 1/2 block west, 1 block north, 1/2 block west. You can't miss it. Once you finish your tests you walk over to the Recaudadora to pay the license fee ($500 mxn) then take the receipt back and they will give you your license.
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Post by Chapalagringa on Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:06 pm

Has anyone recently renewed their license with a tourist visa??? Someone i know was turned away.
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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:34 am

According to Spencer, it has been several years since Mexico has allowed those with a tourist visa to get or renew a drivers license.
Also, you now need a CURP number to get or renew a license. You must have a residente temporal or permenente to get a CURP number.
So, no, you may not get or renew a Mexican drivers license if you have a tourist visa.
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Post by sparks on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:30 am

Sherman wrote: 
I found this interesting because I've had a Jalisco driver's license for 3 years and I do not have a permanent resident Visa, and don't expect to get one any time soon.

You pretty much have to go Permanente after 4 years on Temporal .... unless you want to head north and start over ??

Unless you're a tourist .... then you're screwed for renew
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Post by Chapalagringa on Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:46 pm

Lady Otter Latté wrote: You must have a residente temporal or permenente to get a CURP number.

that isn't true, anyone can get a CURP that comes into Mexico.
all a tourist needs is their passport and FMT.
see page 2:

http://www.renapo.gob.mx/swb/swb/RENAPO/HojaRequisitos
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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:54 pm

Someone better tell Spencer that. He posted on TOB in answer to this same question:
"The past few years they only allowed FM2 and FM3 and then inmigrante and no inmigrante and now temporal and permanente licenses. About 2 years ago they started requiring a CURP number and for that you can only get one if you are residente temporal or permanente."
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Post by Chapalagringa on Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:14 pm

I stand corrected, that earlier link does have a date of aug 2009... this is recent:

http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Preguntas_Frecuentes_POT

" ¿Cuáles son los requisitos para tramitar la CURP?

Los residentes temporales y permanentes tendrán derecho a obtener la Clave Única de Registro de Población (CURP) que emite la Secretaria de Gobernación, la que podrán solicitar en cualquier Delegación Federal del Instituto que corresponda a su domicilio, presentando copia de su pasaporte y tarjeta de residente."

I know someone that's been here for years, with a curp and driver's license.  They opted to leave the country and come back on a tourist visa, drive a foreign plated car.  Now they don't have permission to renew their license.   They were told to keep their paid receipt for the license, change their visa status and come back in to renew their license.  If you have an out of state license and break the law, they may impound your car because they can't give you a ticket.


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Post by CheenaGringo on Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:15 pm

Granted every State in the US is different but like a Passport - I think I would plan on having both my Passport and Drivers License recently renewed for the maximum available periods if moving to Mexico. Granted it might cost you a few extra bucks but I would much rather deal with each while NOB.

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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:25 pm

I'm thinking it is just a matter of time and Mexico will not allow Permanente visa holders to drive on foreign licenses. If they can't have a foreign car down here now then it only makes sense that this will be the next step.
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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:33 pm

Mexico has been very generous. In most states in the United States, driving with a foreign drivers license is legal only for one year.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:41 pm

Good point Lady O! While you might be able to drive on a foreign license for one year, these same States may have a much shorter limit for driving on a license from another State. For what ever reason, politicians have seen fit to write certain "license agreements:" into various treaties?

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Post by Lady Otter Latté on Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:59 pm

You are right, Cheena. The states with which I am familiar give you 30 days after moving in from another state to re-register your car and get a new drivers license.
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