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Drivers License options without proof of education

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Royboy
5/12/2019 18:58 EST

A few years ago I was living in a remote area of Ecuador. I needed a drivers license because I drive on a daily basis. I didnt have the necessary higher education documents from my home country. I also had another problem in that even if I was accepted, I didn't have time to attend a driving school in one of the larger cities. I was surprised when I spoke to a local friend who laughed and said she could easily take care of it for me. It seems that here, as in many other latin american countries, there are often options to most problems, if a person is willing to pay a small fee. I would venture to guess though that many of those options come with some additional risks and may not be advisable..

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parismason
5/12/2019 19:19 EST

I have heard that many expats have "inicial" as their education listed on their cedulas...with that designation you can not get a drivers license...however you can have that changed and then you can either attend driving school or pay someone that can "assist" you in obtaining one...the cost is generally between $300 and $400 dollars total.

I find drivers licenses to be very expensive here...in a country where the basic salary is slightly under $400, even if you do everything correctly you still have to pay for school, and the license too and even for locals that can be very expensive on that type of salary? Just one of the inconsistencies that exist here between what the price SHOULD be and what it really is....but there is no perfect place so you deal with the circumstances that come up.

There was talk about being able to just show your license from another country and that would qualify you for an Ecuadorian license, but I have not heard more or if anyone actually accomplished it that way. Anyone?

Paris

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user001
5/14/2019 11:23 EST

I got my driving license a couple of years ago so this information could be out of date.

If you have a foreign driving license you do not need to do the course, but you do need to do the theory test, the practical test and the cognitive test.

The theory was straight forward and mostly common sense questions. All multiple choice and you can get all questions and answers from web.

The cognitive test was pointless and I don't know how it is supposed to make you a better driver, was basically carnival style games (move this ring on a stick along a metal grid don't touch the sides. I failed it, but just said to the guy "come on I have been driving 20 years, what does this show" and he passed me.

The practical test was a bit different to how it was done in the UK. The instructor was actively trying to catch me out.
"turn down this road...."
"no no no you shouldn't have done that it was one way"
"how the hell should I know that, there was no sign and that mark on the floor is 70% disappear"

"ok, pull over to the side, I want you to do a u turn here"
"err ok, it is a bit of a tight road, but I can whip the car around, 3point maybe, but if you want me too I can"
"no no no you shouldn't even try it"

Also, the whole two parallel lines that "may" exist when you come to a cross roads. tbh I had no idea what they were for. Turns out the first line, you stop at and wait for pedestarians to cross, then when clear, you pull up to the next line (about 1-2away) stop and look for cars.

Anyway,I failed to the practical, but spoke with the guy, asked why he was trying to trick me as in normal driving situations, no one would be trying to trick me and that stopping twice at the lines isn't how any one drives but if that is what he wants I will. So he gave me a 2nd chance, I pulled up to the firs tline, there was a pedestrian, I stopped. The looked surprised, wouldn't cross, obviously as a car was there and a car behind. So I waited, the car behind on the horn, eventually the pedestrian got the courage to cross as the car behind had had enough waited swerved around me and nearly hit the pedestrian crossing the road. Then pulled up to the next line, stopped - clearly there were no cars around, another car behind got annoyed and got on the horn. Then pulled away.

Asked the instructor how that was safer as I nearly caused an accident, he just shrugged and said "yes people drive bad here" and passed me. Was expecting to slip them $10 / $20, but no, he just passed me.

So I think as long as you can clearly drive, are observant you can get a pass

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Royboy
5/14/2019 17:49 EST

My wife and I both went in to get our expiring drivers licenses renewed. Generally its complicated and takes several days. I also wanted to change my home adress and take off the requirement shown for glasses. After making the normal deposit and then paying an additional cash 'fee'... we had the new licenses handed to us within an hour.

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