As of January 1, 2020 hefty fines will kic in for drivers in the state of Jalisco who are unable to show valid drivers’ permits to officers who ask to see them.
For this reason, the Jalisco Transportation Department (Semov) has been dealing with a surge in requests for new licenses and renewals. (Up to one million people may be driving with expired licenses or no license at all, Semov estimated earlier this year.)
Although Semov is eager to decentralize the issuance of licenses – a new unit will shortly be opening in Chapala – the hub of its operations is still the sprawling complex located at the glorieta/intersection of Avenida Cirumvalacion and Alcalde in Guadalajara – known to one and all as Transito.
In past years, getting a license here was a lengthy process, usually taking several hours or more. Today, the process is streamlined and can be done in less than an hour (even around 30 minutes for renewals).
To make sure of obtaining the rapid service, it is important to make an appointment online at citas.jalisco.gob.mx. This will enable applicants to jump the line of people who simply turn up on the day seeking licenses.