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Driver License Information

Tourists and temporary visitors are allowed to drive for 30 days in Ecuador on a valid U.S. driver license and the passport showing the entry date stamp. Permanent residents of Ecuador need to apply for an Ecuadorian driver license in:

  • Jefatura Provincial de Tránsito de Pichincha
    ( Av. Occidental y José Herbozo). 

Please check the website of American Automobile Association (AAA) for additional information about where and how to apply for an International Driver Permit in the United States. 

Also, you might check the website of Automovil Club del Ecuador (ANETA), which issues International Driver Permits but not for use in Ecuador.

Authentication of US Driver License

Please be advised that the U.S. Embassy is not allowed to provide any type of letter or certification on a U.S. issued drivers license as these documents are issued by every state.  The issuing state is the only one that can certify the driver’s license; therefore, you must obtain a letter/certification from the state’s motor vehicle department. Once the certification has been obtained, it should be submitted to the Secretary of State of the issuing state for an apostille in order for the document to be valid in Ecuador.