- Pass a theoretical exam (English or Spanish).
- Pass a medical exam (vision and reaction times).
- Pass a driving exam (Spanish unless you're lucky to meet a municipality examiner who speaks English).
- Proof that you have at least eight years of education (i.e. finished middle school).
Now, there are three kinds of municipalities:
- Easy: they will accept your foreign driving license as a proof.
- Normal: they will accept any apostilled diploma as a proof.
- Hard: they will require specifically your apostilled school diploma and will reject a university one.
- Don't have a foreign license.
- Or hadn't apostilled your diploma before arrival.
- Or live in a "hard" commune.
MINEDUC runs this exam four times a year (April, June, August, October) and you have to enroll in advance (March, April-May, June-July, August-September). See the exact dates at the page linked above.
For enrolling, you need to visit your local office of MINEDUC with a valid Chilean ID and just ask to register you (say something about "examinación básica laboral" and "licencia de conducir"). It's free and usually, there are multiple schools that run this test, so you can choose one closer to where you live. You will also need to visit the school itself 7-10 days before the exam's date range, so they can tell you the exact day and time.
On the day of the exam, you have to bring:
- a pencil (not a pen)
- an eraser
- a calculator (you can't use your phone)
- a paper dictionary if you aren't fluent yet