Driver’s License Requirements for Foreigners (SERTACEN David @ Chiriqui Mall)

Driver’s License Requirements for Foreigners (SERTACEN David @ Chiriqui Mall)

First time with a Foreign DL: (You are only eligible for categories A, B, C & D)

  • Certify the foreign DL. Must be current (must not be a commercial DL)
  • Copy of the DL signed and sealed by the issuing authority must be attached
  • Certify document at the Ministry of Foreign Relations in PC
  • Original plus copy of the Immigration Carnet that must be current
  • Original plus copy of the passport that must be current
  • Original plus copy of valid foreign DL
  • Lab results showing blood type (must be an ATTT authorized lab). This test must show the full name, last name, passport number and must have signature and seal of the Dr. If you DL has the blood type, no test is required.
  • Vision and hearing tests
  • Must be in good standing with the ATTT (Paz y Salvo)
  • $40 cash which covers the hearing and visual test. Must be paid cash at the ATTT cashiers located inside the SERTACEN branch where you are applying

There are 3 options to certify your foreign driver’s license

  • Diplomatic representation
  • Apostilled
  • Consular referendum

Here is what that means:

A. Certification issued by Diplomatic representation in Panama

  • Certify the DL is current at the embassy or consulate from the country issuing the DL
  • Include a true copy of the certified DL, duly signed and sealed by the embassy or consulate
  • Authenticate it at the Ministry of Foreign Relation in Panama

B. Apostilled

  • Certified the DL is valued in the issuing agency in country of origin
  • Must include a true copy of the original certified DL, duly signed and sealed by the representative of the issuing agency
  • Apostille the certification at the Ministry of Foreign Relations in your country of origin. Only for countries under the HAYA Treaty

C. Consular Referendum

  • Certify the DL in the original country of issuance
  • Include a true copy of the original certified license, duly signed and sealed by the representative of the issuing agency
  • Authenticate the certification at the Ministry of Foreign Relations in your country of origin
  • Authenticate the certification at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of your country of origin in their Panama Consulate/Embassy
  • Authenticate the certification of the Consul of Panama at the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Panama

** Certifications by the Embassy or Consulate of your country shall be presented with the following information:

  • The term “Certifies” or “Declares”
  • Name of the Consul or the person in charge of validating the information
  • Name of the person, Passport numbers, DL number and expiration date
  • Place or country of issuance of the DL
  • Describe the categories of vehicles (in case the DL details the categories, then it is not required the certification details it, only copy the DL front and back)
  • Guarantee that it’s a true copy of the original

First Time Foreigners with no License type A, B, C or D

  • Passport and Immigration Carnet (valid, original plus copy)
  • Certification of passing a driver’s education class in of the ATTT certified schools
  • Blood type certificate from an ATTT authorized lab
  • Pass your visual, hearing, written and driving tests at the branch where you are applying for the DL
  • You must bring an appropriate vehicle for the driving test
  • $40 cash (includes visual, hearing, written and driving test)
  • Payment must be made at the ATTT cashiers within the SERTACEN office you are doing your DL

Foreigner Renewal DL Type A, B, C & D

  • Original and copy of the valid immigration carnet
  • Original and copy of valid passport
  • Present physical license (this will be attached to the file)
  • Visual and hearing tests
  • Must be Paz y Salvo with the ATTT
  • Pay $40 cash

Duplicate DL for Foreigners

  • Original and copy of the valid Immigration carnet
  • Original and copy of the valid passport
  • Copy of your police report by the DIJ indicating the driver’s license was lost or stolen (only if your loss exceeds $250)
  • Must be Paz y Salvo with the ATTT
  • Pay $20 cash

** Duplicate DLs have a waiting period of 72 hrs

These are the ATTT authorized Laboratories

  • Laboratorio Clinico Mercedes Franceshi (Bugaba, Calle 1ra)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Biomedica (David, Ed Plaza Otiema, Calle D)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Melillo (David, Ave Cental N.)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Chiriqui (David, Ave 3 de Nov. )
  • Laboratorio Clinico Julio Ibanez (David, Ave Francisco Park)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Altamira (Concepcion, Calle 1ra E)
  • Laboratorio Clinico y Citologico San Jose (David, Ave 3ra y 4)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Cristo Rey No 1 y 2 (David, Bugaba)
  • Laboratorio Clinico El Carmen (David)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Lambda (David)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Los Angeles (Concepcion, Bugaba)
  • Laboratorio Clinico Inmuno-Diagnostic (David)
  • Centro Medico Mae Lewis (David)
  • Laboratorio Cllinico Eben-Ezer
  • Laboratorio Clinico Rally

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