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Getting a Driver's License in El Salvador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Here's a primer on how to get your driver's license in El Salvador.

Sometimes when you're new to a country a task like getting your driver's license can make you feel like you're 16 years old again trying to pass your driver's test. Here's an overview of the process of getting your driver's license in El Salvador.

In El Salvador, foreigners who wish to drive legally must have a valid driver's license from their home country along with an International Driving Permit (IDP). The IDP is a translation of your home country's driver's license and is valid for one year. It's important to note that the IDP must be obtained in the driver's home country before traveling to El Salvador.

Additionally, the driver must be at least 18 years old, the legal driving age in El Salvador. It's also recommended to have proper car insurance that covers international travel. If the foreigner is planning to stay in El Salvador for an extended period, they may need to apply for a Salvadoran driver's license.

As far as we know, there are no specific driving requirements that differ based on the city, state, or region within El Salvador. However, it's always a good idea to check with local authorities or a legal advisor to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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