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Post by OldLars on Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:49 am

Hi, All --- I searched through the archives but didn't find quite the info that I was looking for, so I'll post a new question:

My brother-in-law is retired (permanente) in San Miguel de Allende. He has a Washington state driver's license that will expire later this year. He's trying to decide whether to try to renew it even though he has no residence in Washington, or to get a Mexican license even though he doesn't own a car. Obviously, it's useful to have some kind of license so he can rent a car when he visits family up north. What do y'all recommend? What's your experience? TIA
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Post by viajero on Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:55 am

I would suggest that he get a Guanajuato drivers license,I've used my Jalisco license when renting cars in the US without any problems.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:30 am

I would recommend the GTO license too. It can double as ID for various other things.
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Post by OldLars on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:34 am

Thanks so much, Folks. Do you suppose he'll have to pass a written test in Spanish?

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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:45 am

Yes and a driving test. In some cases a translator will be provided. I assume in SMA they have an "English friendly" licensing office.
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