Passing the Argentinian Driving Test

Details on the theory and practical tests needed to obtain an Argentinian driving license…

To obtain a first driving license in Argentina, it is mandatory for a driver to:

  • Be the appropriate age for the requested driving class
  • Complete a medical questionnaire (una declaración jurada sobre el padecimiento de afecciones)
  • Attend a course on theoretical and practical road safety education
  • Have a psychophysical test: a visual, auditory, psychological and clinical examination which takes place at provincial Licensing Departments
  • Be able to read and write basic Spanish to obtain professional class licenses

Applications for a first driving license take place at a licensing center which must be authorized and approved by the National Road Safety Agency. They are found in the same jurisdiction as a person's legal address. Argentina has more than 1,800 of these licensing centers, and each has its own requirements, costs, security systems and categories depending on the municipality.

  • To find a local municipal office in Argentina: Click here

In Buenos Aires, applications for a license are made in person at the General Office of Licenses and Road Education:

  • At: Av. Coronel. Roca 5252 PB, Buenos Aires
    Tel: 147
    Open: Monday to Friday, from 07:30-13:30

The theory test

Learner drivers in Argentina do not have to complete a course of lessons with a driving school before taking their theory and practical tests. Attending a driving school is optional. Learner drivers can therefore apply for the tests directly at their local municipality.

The theory test consists of a multiple-choice test. There are 30 questions and the candidate must complete the test within 45 minutes.

  • For further information on the theory test, and links to sample tests: Click here (in Spanish)

The practical driving test

A learner driver is tested on their ability to drive in traffic, park and generally maneuver a vehicle.

The following documents must be presented at the test:

  • Proof of identity (passport or residence permit)
  • Registration documents - Green or Blue Card (cedula verde/azul) with the driver's name
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Proof of the last road tax (patente) payment

All documents must be original; photocopies are not accepted.

Once both driving tests have been successfully passed, the driving license is issued and is valid for the following period of time, after which it must be renewed:

  • Age 17 to 21: One year, renewable for three years
  • Age 21 to 45: Five years
  • Age 46 to 59: Four years
  • Age 60 to 69: Three years
  • Age 70 and above: Two years

Note: foreigners are issued with a driving license that is valid for the same length of time as their residence permit.

Licenses are exchanged or renewed at a licensing center, which must be authorized and approved by the National Road Safety Agency. They are found in the same jurisdiction as a person's legal address.

  • To find a local municipal office in Argentina: Click here
  • For information on the procedure: Click here (in Spanish)

In Buenos Aires, drivers must attend a meeting for the renewal of a driver's license. It is free of charge, takes 50 minutes and is held regularly at a number of locations. The certificate of participation is valid for 90 days.