UPDATE (June 12, 2013): There is a faster way to get your drivers license. Dena just got her Ecuadorian license without having to take a course. Here’s how to start driving in Ecuador.
Over the past few months, we’ve been working to get licensed so we can drive here in Ecuador. And we’ve spent significant time shopping for and then registering our car.
Here is the process to get your license and a car, should you be brave enough to try. . .
Covers the initial steps of getting the license – namely registering for the drivers course. Not as simple as it sounds – a dozen different documents are needed (some expected, some bizarre) and its a goose chase all over town to get things in order.
This step covers the actual course, the classroom and the practical driving components. This was the easiest and most fun part. Just putting in time for a week (35 hours to be exact) to get my certificate to prove I passed. The course was well put together – but I think I could have found something else to do with my time.
Easily the hardest (read: frustrating) part so far. There were personnel problems and mechanical problems that made wait for my drivers test last more than one month. Learn about the dreaded Comisión de Tránsito in Cuenca, and how the process works. But in the end it all went okay and I have license in hand.
Learn what we learned while car shopping here in Cuenca. Things work quite similar to the system at home. The dealers are tricky, and try to hide and deceive. The biggest difference is that old cars still cost a fortune. A shocking fortune, actually.
Read more about driving in Ecuador.