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How to get Argentinian motorcycle driving licence

I am in round the world trip and I wanted to ride a motorbike in South America for the next 6 months. I had only international driving licence for the car (B licence). I did not have any driving licence for the motorbike (neither international nor from my own country). After landing in Buenos Aires I started to check my situation and it looked like I would have problems without motorbike licence in case of the road control.

I wanted to ride a motorbike legally but of course I did not want to break my trip and come back home to get motorbike licence in my own country.

After many, many hours of investigation I found the solution. I obtained Argentinian driving licence. Below I describe how to do it.

Finally I was sent to Roca Street 5454 in Buenos Aires to the place where they issue driving licences (Autodromo). The place was very crowded and looked chaotic but nice woman from the reception desk at the front door sent me to the man who spoke a little English (I do not speak Spanish). He decided to help me. He went with me to the room where they took my photo, fingerprint and tested my eyes. Then they gave me a paper certifying that my health is in good shape, send me to the cashier to pay around 30 pesos and told me to come back tomorrow for ...the driving exam...

I had to download 200 questions from
http://estatico.buenosaires.gov.ar/a...ategoria_a.pdf
and prepare for the computer test, which would consist of 30 of these 200 questions. It was not easy for me because I do not know any Spanish!!! but with a google translator I managed to learn it (my method was to pick up a key word from the question and answer and remember these pairs). For someone who understands Spanish the test should be very easy (about 1/3 of questions is about road signs) .

So next day at 7.30 a.m. I went to Roca Street. I went to the room "D" on the ground floor and had to listen to obligatory lecture in Spanish (not helpful for me ) and received the first required signature. Then I went to the next room to take a computer test. I passed it with 100% and received the second signature. Then the English-speaking man that helped me the day before took me to the playground in front of the building for the practice exam. Normally I should take a practice exam on my own motorbike but I did not have my own yet so the English-speaking man borrowed me his own. I made an easy slalom and a circle around the field. Half an hour later I picked up my Argentinian A licence. The English-speaking man did not want to accept any kind of thanks for his help.

One most important think: the main difficulty was that I did not have Argentinian residency. I had only 3 months tourist visa and "domicillo"- a paper from the Police certifying that I live under certain address in Buenos (I obtained this document because it was necessary to register a motorbike in Argentina I found information on HUBB how to get it and successfully followed the instruction). Finally after consultation with the boss they agreed in Autodromo that it is enough to get Argentinian driving licence - but this licence is temporary and will expire when my visa finishes. If I want to prologue it I need to come again to Roca Streed with a new visa and they should issue a new licence straight away (at least they promised to do so).

I hope my information will help people in similar situation. Good luck!

Marta
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Hi, really usefull, thanks so much. Do you know how difficult it would be to get it as British Citizen? I speak Spanish and I have residency here however I do not have a motor bike I am going to buy one when I start my trip....6 months. You were clearly lucky having an English person there to help you, do you know how I can get around it if I do not have my own motorbike? Secondly, how difficult was the test? If I know how to drive a Motorbike in the U.K will I be O.K?

In general would it all be easy to do without the help of the man that helped you?

Many thanks

R
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Update on getting a license in Bs. Aires

Hi Marta,

Thank you for this extremely usefull post. I tried it out myself and thought I give a little update on how things are now.

Pretty much everything is still the same except for one thing. If you want to do a test you have to get a 'turno' (appointment) first and you can do this online or by phone. I did not know this at first, so I went to Roca Street, but couldn't hassle myself in getting an appointment on the spot. Then I tried it online, but for some reason it didn't work. Lastly I called, but when you dial for the option 'English' you're pretty much on hold without an end. So then I let a spanish speaking friend call for me and it turned out that the first appointment I could get would be somewhere in april, which was too late for me. So I ended up not getting my license, but there are other ways to get an official license under the table, which I'm working on right now.

So basically between then and now it has become busier at Roca street. Locals here tell me this is normal for all gov stuff here in Argentina, one year something is simple and fast and the next year it can be completely different.

This is the link with the info provided by the city gov:
Buenos Aires Ciudad - Licencias para conducir

And the general advice based on my experience is: if you want to do this, make sure you get an appointment in time, else it might become difficult!

Cheers,
Suzanne
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