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Land transport

The General Directorate for Land Transport ("Dirección General de Transporte Terrestre") is a nation-wide line agency that is part of the Ministry of Transports and Communications.


It is in charge of regulating land transport and traffic, authorizing the provision of road-based land transit and transport services and ancillary services.

Its specific functions include:

  • Proposing and implementing policies targeted at managing passenger and cargo land transport services.
  • Proposing projects for standards, regulations and other provisions related to land transit and transport activities.
  • Granting authorizations for the provision of passenger and cargo land transport services, both at national and international level, and for their ancillary services.
  • Assuming management and keeping the national administrative records related to road-based land transport and transit updated, in coordination with regional and local governments, as appropriate.
  • Keeping a standard driving license system: standardizing, coordinating and controlling the licensing process at a national level and issuing driver’s licenses within its scope of responsibility.
  • Keeping a standard system dealing with approvals or certifications, verifications and technical inspections of vehicles, as well as standardizing its operation.
  • Developing activities targeted at promoting road education and road safety, within the Ministry’s scope of responsibility.
  • Producing statistics related to land-based transport and transit of goods, within the Ministry’s scope of responsibility.
  • Participating, on behalf of the Ministry, as a competent national body in charge of land transport, both in national and international events related to land transport and transit.
  • Proposing national and international covenants and agreements, within its scope of responsibility.
  • Other functions assigned by the Vice-Minister of Transports, within its scope of responsibility.

In order to carry out its functions, the General Directorate for Land Transport consists of the following directorates:

  • Directorate for Standards and Regulations.
  • Directorate for Land Transport Services.
  • Directorate for Road Traffic and Safety.