Skip to comments.Can I drive my car into Mexico without an American drivers license?
Posted on 12/10/2012 4:02:04 PM PST by FoxPro
It isn't important why I dont have a drivers license.
There are numerous reasons why the DMV will not issue you a drivers license, from MADD to child support issues.
But if I drive down to the border, will I be asked for a drivers license?
What are the chances of being asked for a drivers license?
And if I am asked for a drivers license and cant provide one, what might happen?
And the same questions for coming back.
I know I will need a passport for coming back into the US and I have that. But will I need a drivers license to get my car back into the US, as well.
Thanks in advance to the smartest people in the world here on Free Republic.
Every time I’ve gone back and forth in Juarez, I was asked for my license as ID. I sure wouldn’t want to be crossing the Mexican police on any slight.
“Thanks in advance to the smartest people in the world here on Free Republic.”
Why not join them by getting a drivers license?
Besides all of the above cars get stolen in Mexico frequently. I’d watch that.
Why are you driving at all if you don’t have a drivers license?
The Federales won't even ask for your ID when you check into your new living quarters.
What passes for police in Mexico are really just an armed, uniformed street gang. They will use any excuse as a pretext to extort $1000-$2000 out of a gringo. Arresting you for not having a license would be a piece of cake for these swinish thugs. Don’t even think about it.
Just don’t stop for anything, no matter what.
So you are driving illegally in the US and you want to know how you can drive illegally in Mexico.
Well, normally you don’t go to jail in the US, not so much in Mexico.
“Why are you driving at all if you dont have a drivers license?”
It sounds like he made the mistake of marrying an American. Hence the divorce, child support, accusations of abuse, child abuse, etc...usual stuff for that situation.
I know one guy that permanently left the US for New Zealand because of that mistake - he’s doing fine down there, by the way.
The internet will give you the requirements going in or coming out. Not hard to find the documented info.
I’ve lived in Mexico a lot of time, and I’m very familiar with Mexican culture. A bribe will get you what you want at any time.
A bribe will get you what you want at any time.
Coming back into the US do they work the same?
Why are you driving illegally?
So let me get this straight.
You what us to tell you how to re-enter the U.S. by car from Mexico without a driver’s licence because you have had your licence revoked. Let me guess, you are going down to get some pot?
Nope. I’ll pass. Why oh why do you think we want to encourage you to drive illegally? You have issues with MADD? Seriously?
In fact I have a better idea. Why don’t you go down there and stay.
Well that depends. Do you plan on returning to the US? Mexico has their own rules for ID. You should be more worried about getting back into the States without ID>
I strongly encourage you to please drive to Mexico as soon as possible.
When I last went I was considering renting a car in Mexico for sightseeing. I went to my insurance agent and was given a brochure about the driving requirements.
Here are some of the major bullet points:
How to Drive Legally in Mexico:
Possess a valid, current drivers license. Confirm that it is valid well within the date range of the trip and that it has no issues pending against it. Call the local Department of Motor Vehicles or similar state agency that regulates drivers licenses in the U.S.
Take the valid U.S. drivers license on the trip to Mexico, even if entering by plane. The Mexican government recognizes a U.S. drivers license as legal in Mexico, as long as the license is valid in the U.S.
Purchase appropriate car insurance for both a car entering Mexico or a rental car. U.S. auto insurance is not valid in Mexico. At the border and in large towns, there are several agencies available solely for tourists to purchase insurance. For rental cars, consider purchasing the insurance offered by the rental company. Some major credit cards will cover insurance in Mexico, but check individual policies prior to the trip.
Tips and Warnings:
Watch for “topes,” large speed bumps present in some areas that could cause damage to a vehicle’s undercarriage.
Due to wandering animals (yes, even in the cities), unmarked speed bumps and other factors, tourists in Mexico should drive only in the daylight hours.
Military checkpoints are present throughout Mexico. Don’t worry, these are focused on catching criminals, not tourists. Proceed slowly and do as you’re told.