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Mexico - Obtain an International Driving Permit

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Applying In Person:

The applicant may apply for the procedure at any of AMA's 3 branches including Roma, Del Valle or Satellite, upon presentation of original and legible copy of all documentation.

Application submitted by a third person:

In case you cannot apply for the procedure in person, you may assign a representative who will file for the procedure on your behalf.

The representative must be able to present additional documents like a simple power of attorney letter signed by two witnesses, a copy of an official ID (passport, IFE) of everyone who signed the letter and the official ID of the person that the IDP is for.

Application submitted by post:

If the applicant is located outside Mexico City, they must send legible copies of all documents to:

Asociacin Mexicana Automovilstica
Orizaba 7, Col. Roma.
Del. Cuauhtmoc, CP 06700,
Mexico City, Mexico

The applicant must also include in the package a deposit receipt or bank transfer statement for the cost of the permit as well as include a prepaid return courier envelope that guarantees the return of their documents.

Note: Remember that you must bring along your driving license issued in Mexico during your trip abroad. The International Driving Permit is only a translation of your local driving license, you must be able to present both at all times.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Two passport size photographs
  • Passport valid for one year (minimum)
  • Mexican Driver's License valid for one year (minimum)
  • Proof of residence no more than two months old (phone billing statement, electric billing statement, land or water billing statement)
  • For foreigners: migratory forms (FM2 or FM3) valid for one year (minimum)
  • If you required to provide a copy of your tax invoice: present your R.F.C.

Additional documents to be submitted for application filed by a third person:

  • A simple power of attorney letter signed by two witnesses
  • Copy of an Official ID (passport, IFE) of everyone who signed the letter
  • Official ID of the person that the IDP is for

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Asociacin Mexicana Automovilstica (AMA)
Orizaba 7, Col. Roma.
Del. Cuauhtmoc, CP 06700,
Mexico City, Mexico
Phone: 01 800 911 0262

Locations and map
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Holders of valid Mexican Driver's License


Please contact Asociacin Mexicana Automovilstica (AMA) to inquire about the application fee to be paid and how you can send your payment (for applications submitted through a courier)


The International Driving Permit (IDP) is valid for a period of one year.

The IDP is printed in eight languages: German, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese and Russian.

It is a valid translation of your local driving license, holder may drive in countries that have signed the convention, whether owned or leased car (except in the country where the IDP is issued)

IDP holders may drive private motorcycles and automobiles not exceeding 3.5 tons and the number of seats excluding the driver may not exceed eight.

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Processing Time[edit]

It will take about 20 minutes to process applications submitted in person.

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Required Information[edit]

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Need for the Document[edit]

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a document recognized in many countries which allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in that country. To be valid the IDP must be accompanied by a valid license from the home country. The document is slightly larger than a standard passport and is essentially a multiple language translation of the holder's normal driver's license, complete with photograph and vital statistics. In most countries however, short term visitors don't need to possess an IDP since the license of the home country is recognized and permits one to drive in the host country.

Following are procedures on how you can obtain an International Driving Permit in Mexico.

Information which might help[edit]

The International Driving Permit issued by the Asociacin Mexicana Automovilstica (AMA) is a document endorsed by the FIA (International Automobile Federation) and FITAC (American Federation of Touring and Automobile Clubs), based on the United Nations (UN) Conference on Highway Mobility celebrated inVienna, Austria on 8 November 1968.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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External Links[edit]

  • Asociacin Mexicana Automovilstica (AMA) Website:

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