Tourists can drive with their foreign license for the first 90 days in Panama. To continue driving, you must get a Panama driver’s license. But you can’t get a Panama driver’s license until you get a residency visa.
Watch this replay of David and Dana talking about two ways to get a Panama driver’s license after you get a residency visa.
If you are 70 or older, there is an extra step before you can get your Panama driver’s license. You’ll need to visit an internal medicine or geriatric doctor for them to certify that you are fit to drive.
You’ll also need a blood test to determine your blood type because that goes on your driver’s license.
When you enter Sertrcen to get your driver’s license, you must also do a vision and hearing test. It’s $40 to get a license with a temporary visa.
Once you get a permanent visa, you get a 10% discount, so it’s only $36 for a Panama driver’s license.
Luckily, the process is much easier when it’s time to renew your license (every 4 years if under 70 or every 2 years if 70+). You may even be able to renew online.
The Online Complete Panama Relocation Guide has more details about getting a Panama driver’s license.
Driver’s License Requirements in Panama