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Getting a Driver's License in Peru

By Betsy Burlingame

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

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 Peru.

Foreigners who wish to drive in Peru must have a valid driver's license from their home country along with an International Driving Permit (IDP). The IDP must be obtained in the driver's home country before traveling to Peru. It's also important to note that the IDP is valid for one year and must be accompanied by the original driver's license at all times. In addition, the driver must carry a valid passport and should have a copy of their immigration card.

As for insurance, while it's not mandatory to have car insurance in Peru, it is highly recommended. This is because in case of an accident, the driver is responsible for all damages caused. Therefore, having insurance can provide a safety net.

It's also worth noting that the driving laws in Peru are quite strict. For instance, seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, and the use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. Drunk driving is also a serious offense and is heavily penalized.

There are no specific requirements that differ based on the city, state, or region in Peru. However, driving conditions and rules might vary. For example, in mountainous regions, drivers may encounter challenging road conditions and should therefore be experienced in mountain driving. In cities, traffic can be heavy and chaotic, so drivers should be comfortable with city driving.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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