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Colombia - Convert or Exchange Foreign Driver License

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Introduction

Foreign driving licenses (licencias extranjeras) can be used in Colombia as long as they are still valid in the country they were issued in. This means that unless there are very specific reasons for doing so, it is not necessary to convert a foreign driving license to a Colombian license. There may however be a limit to the length of a time a foreign vehicle may be used in the country, and this should be checked if a car has been temporarily imported.

If the driving license is going to expire and the holder plans to remain in Colombia, then it can be replaced with a driving license issued by the national authorities. The current driving license must first be recognized as valid by the Ministry of Transport. The process is known as Convalidación de Licencia de Conducción Extranjera (recognition of a foreign driving license).

Following are the procedures on how to convert or exchange a foreign driver license in Colombia.

Eligibility

Foreigners in Colombia

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Instructions

  • The applicant must first ensure that they have no outstanding fines or charges at the national and district level. *National fines and charges can be checked on the SIMIT website.
  • At the district level, they can be checked on the Secretaría de Movilidad website for the relevant district.
  • The license should be obtained in person.
  • Fingerprints must also be provided by applicants with a foreign ID card (cédula).

Required Information

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Procedure

  1. Go to a driving license authorized by the Ministry of Transport.
  2. Fill out an application form.
  3. Present and submit required documents.
  4. Pay the fees.
  5. Sign up for the National Transport Registry, the Registro Único Nacional de Tránsito (RUNT).

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Required Documents

  • A signed application form which is provided by the authorities (hoja de datos licencia de conducción)
  • A 3x4cm color photo, with the applicant's identity number written on the back
  • Copy of blood type certificate
  • Medical certificate
  • A photocopy of the national ID card (cédula) or foreigner's ID card (cédula de extranjería)
  • Photocopy of the valid foreign driving license
  • An official translation of the foreign driving license, issued either by the diplomatic representatives of the foreign country and apostilled or by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores)
  • Receipt of payment for the service, which varies depending on the type of vehicle the license is for

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Validity

Driving licenses are valid for ten years.

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Office Locations & Contacts

Conducir Colombia

Av. Cra. 30 No 1d - 62 Barrio Santa Isabel
Phone: 2 770204

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External Links

  • Exchanging a Foreign License

http://bogota.angloinfo.com/information/transport/driving-licences/exchanging-a-licence/

  • Conducir Colombia

http://www.conducircolombia.com/EscuelasColombia/

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