Drivers license

#3 21 June 2011 19:53:56

majbjb
majbjb
San Bernardino

Re: Drivers license

We use the "international drivers license" you can get from the AAA here in the US.  It only cost $15 and is good for a year.  Been stopped many times while driving in PY (not a reflection on my driving ability hopefully!) and this license always satisfied the officials. 

But having said this, and realizing you are already in PY and this info about AAA won't help you a bit, I will note that if you rent a car from the ASU airport the rental company (we've used Hertz) will tell you that your US license is good to go as long as you have your passport with you.

#4 03 July 2011 00:29:53

Nic'oPY
Nic'oPY
Asuncion

Re: Drivers license

This thing with driver-licences even has me scratching my head. Close to the city you can get one fairly easily but waiting time it 10-15 days. Have even heard of people that were taken to Villa Elisa where they had to write a "exam" in Spanish of-course, but they were just indicated where to mark and that was that... 

As for my personal experience, in Col. Independencia you get one within the hour. (nothing Illegal involved) They even have posters with prices for National and Expat driver licences hanging on their walls...  (Expat one only being good for 1 year)

#6 15 December 2011 20:22:38

Gabtar
Gabtar
Asuncion

Re: Drivers license

I've rented a car many times in Paraguay with just my Australian licence. I have been stopped by the police for both random checks and traffic violations and I produced that and my passport without problems.  I obtained an international licence last year, and they didn't seem interested in it at all.

#7 15 December 2011 22:31:03

Pman

Re: Drivers license

I don't have a foreign driver's license and I would like to get my first driving license here. I'm probabaly going to take some classes with the Touring Club, it seems the most legit escuela de conducir in Asuncion.

Where do I need to go and what do I need to bring other than money to obtain the license?

#8 16 December 2011 17:40:37

Nic'oPY
Nic'oPY
Asuncion

Re: Drivers license

ID doc. of yourself I suppose would sufice.
Where to go, to the Rotary offices on Cero Cora and Brazil ofcourse if you wanna do it that way.

Otherwise go do Col. Indepedencia and do it like I said in the post above.

#9 21 April 2012 06:31:07

Steve25
Steve25
Caacupe

Re: Drivers license

I helped a few friends of me, who already had a foreign driverslicense, and when keep in mind, that you have some paperwork foreseen, you walk out, with a paraguayan DL within 15-30 minutes.
I now have a DL that is valid for 5 years, for the third year.

#10 21 October 2013 14:01:50

tim.alemanha

Re: Drivers license

Hi, you were answering a topic on that matter but it wasn't clearly mentioned whether we talk about an international driver's license or a local one.

Ok...as follow are my questions to you...Would be great if you can help me out here.

1.)
I am a German citizen and will be arriving on a simple tourist stamp (no visa necessary) into my passport. From what I have been reading, it seems ok to get you started, right?

2.)
I am not talking about an international driver's license but a fully legal Paraguayan one that I can use overseas as well?

I actually have a full German driver's license but only valid for small trucks and cars. I like to pursue a motorbike license. Is that possible?

Hope you have the right answers for me...

Tobias

#11 21 October 2013 14:54:43

caja
caja
Asuncion

Re: Drivers license

Hello Sr. Aleman,

I'm in Asuncion (of German ancestry through Texas)and according to my experience, your German drivers license should be good for 30 days with no problem.

As far as obtaining a Paraguayan DL, Tim,I think you need a "cedula" (the national ID card). It takes either money to pay for it to be done (more than self-serve), so better to have a local assist. There is a lot of red-tape forms, stamping by officials of your documents etc. It is time consuming and can be irritating.

If you're staying here for a long period, you'll need that cedula and that DL. It's relatively easy is you know elementary Spanish to pass the exam. The fees are low but the DL is initially for one year only.

Best of luck Tim,
Paul

#12 22 October 2013 03:17:42

paulopereirra

Re: Drivers license

tim,

if by chance you have driver license from brazil, maybe its more fast forwards to obtain equivalence.
check it out in embassy if its apply.

Natal is way more cool that assuncion....

#13 22 October 2013 20:31:41

tim.alemanha

Re: Drivers license

Hi caja and paulopereirra, thanks for answering my questions... Well...the Cedula... it stays always in my way...Well...you mentioned that money can get things done there...that would be ok for me as I just hear the same thing. Is that a kind of sure thing? I mean I am very much willing to pay up a bit more for it.

My German driver's license only covers cars and trucks but not motorcycles, however I have the license already for 23 years, could it be possible to get something done there in Paraguay?

I am used to red tape all over the world as I lived for 19 years in Asia and just recently moved to Brasil...Brasil probably invented red tape and the true meaning of it...therefore it is impossible to get a Brazilian one, unless paulopereirra, you know a way???

Thanks,

Tobias

#14 27 October 2013 15:30:37

caja
caja
Asuncion

Re: Drivers license

Better to get your DL in one of the outer lying communities. Less problems and faster service. I went with my step son and the test giver allowed him to read the questions (in Spanish) and translate to me, I passed!!! Try on of the suburbs for your drivers license.

#15 26 November 2013 03:03:14

majbjb
majbjb
San Bernardino

Re: Drivers license

I also got my DL in a town outside of Asuncion (SanBernardino), and never took a test.  They photocopied my US drivers license and took my photo, then about 15 minutes later handed me my brand new Paraguayan DL.  So far my rule of thumb is that "everything is easier and cheaper if done outside of Asuncion"!

#16 26 November 2013 03:51:47

Gabtar
Gabtar
Asuncion

Re: Drivers license

Can I ask where in SanBer you went?
I obtained my 12 month "extranjero" Paraguayan licence in Asuncion in about an hour and a bit using my Australian Licence, Passport and Carnet, but they said to get the full 5 yr licence using my Cedula I would have to do the full test, both theory an practical, which would involve making an appointment sometime in the future. 
If I can obtain the full licence in SanBer I am more than interested.

#17 26 November 2013 04:54:23

majbjb
majbjb
San Bernardino

Re: Drivers license

Gabter - My wife took me by the hand (dumb gringo that I am) down to the Municipality office directly across the street from the Policia station in the town center.  We hung a left once thru the main door and went to the first window kiosk on the left.  She explained that I was looking to get a drivers license as a newly arrived immigrant with a cedula.  They then asked for my cedula and my US license, they filled out a form, I signed it and they then took my picture which they slapped on the form.  As I recall now though, at that point we did have to leave to come back the next day as their lamination machine wasn't working (at least that's what I think they said).  The next day we showed up and I signed for the license and walked out with it.  So no test at all.  FYI we also discovered that registering a car was soooo much easier in Sanber than in ASU.  No vehicle inspection (although one may have been done "on paper" for all we know)and a lot quicker.

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