Saturday, June 2, 2012

Getting a Mexican Driver's License in Mazatlán

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Dianne and Greg

7 comments:

  1. To all the people you can do the above which will take all day or most of the day or you can just pay a fee and get it. You decide.

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    1. Yes, this is definitely true. As with so many things here, you can also just pay an extra fee and have someone get it done for you. Doing so, of course, promotes the sort of corruption and "getting around legalities" that so many in this country are trying to transform and get beyond. Not taking the test is most definitely an option, and a personal decision to take.

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    2. Yes, its a choice of being ethical and doing things the right way or taking the short cut and doing it the wrong you..you decide.

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  2. Hello Anonymous,

    Yes, you can pay the fee and not spend what amounts to a few hours doing things the right way. How does that make you feel about your license? It becomes something you bought. I am proud of my Sinaloa drivers license. I am proud that I learned the system to obtain one, passed a written test and took a driving test. All the people I interacted with were pleasant and professional. Teaching guests in this country to buy their way into such simple things as drivers licenses only reinforces stereotypes that Mexico is trying to move beyond.

    Thanks for reading our blog and taking the time to comment.


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    1. Congratulations for doing the right thing and not contributing to the "mordida" culture in Mexico. I lived in Guadalajara for 10 years, got an FM 3, got my Mexican driver's license, applied for Mexican citizenship, got a Mexican passport, got a cartilla militar exempting me from military service....all of these bureaucratic processes and NOT ONCE did I pay a bribe. Got pulled over by cops maybe 2 or three times...again, never paid a bribe so it's not impossible its just a matter of having good ethics. Again, congratulations.

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    2. Ulises, thank you for doing what's right on behalf of Mexico, and thank you for taking the time to share with us your encouragement as well. Changing systems is rarely easy work, and it "takes a village," as goes the African proverb. Congratulations for all you have done! Thank you for reading and writing!

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  3. Diane and Greg, thank you so much for posting about this. That is exactly what I needed and I'll be on my way tomorrow to get a Mexican Drivers License.

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