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Can I drive my car into Mexico without an American drivers license?

Posted on 12/10/2012 4:02:04 PM PST by FoxPro

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1 posted on 12/10/2012 4:02:11 PM PST by FoxPro
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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.


2 posted on 12/10/2012 4:04:23 PM PST by mnehring
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To: FoxPro

“Thanks in advance to the smartest people in the world here on Free Republic.”

Why not join them by getting a drivers license?


3 posted on 12/10/2012 4:04:50 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: FoxPro

Besides all of the above cars get stolen in Mexico frequently. I’d watch that.


4 posted on 12/10/2012 4:06:45 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: FoxPro

Why are you driving at all if you don’t have a drivers license?


5 posted on 12/10/2012 4:07:26 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: FoxPro
Entering a lawless Fourth World hellhole like Mexico lacking a document that even a *civilized* nation has the right demand? Yikes! You've got a level of “courage” that I've always lacked.
6 posted on 12/10/2012 4:07:53 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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The Federales won't even ask for your ID when you check into your new living quarters.

7 posted on 12/10/2012 4:08:30 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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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.


8 posted on 12/10/2012 4:09:25 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: FoxPro

Just don’t stop for anything, no matter what.


9 posted on 12/10/2012 4:09:25 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: FoxPro

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.


10 posted on 12/10/2012 4:09:40 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: nuconvert

“Why are you driving at all if you don’t 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.


11 posted on 12/10/2012 4:10:09 PM PST by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: FoxPro

The internet will give you the requirements going in or coming out. Not hard to find the documented info.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 4:10:51 PM PST by deport
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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.


13 posted on 12/10/2012 4:10:51 PM PST by MNDude
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A bribe will get you what you want at any time.

**************

Coming back into the US do they work the same?


14 posted on 12/10/2012 4:13:09 PM PST by deport
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To: FoxPro

Why are you driving illegally?


15 posted on 12/10/2012 4:13:55 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: FoxPro

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.


16 posted on 12/10/2012 4:15:13 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Our military does not kill babies, those that commit abortion kill babies.)
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To: mnehring

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>


17 posted on 12/10/2012 4:15:50 PM PST by austinaero
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To: FoxPro

I strongly encourage you to please drive to Mexico as soon as possible.


18 posted on 12/10/2012 4:15:56 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: FoxPro

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.


19 posted on 12/10/2012 4:16:56 PM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost
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"It isn't important why I dont have a drivers license."


20 posted on 12/10/2012 4:19:14 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: FoxPro

Take a bus.


21 posted on 12/10/2012 4:21:22 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Why don’t you go down there and stay.

I want to go down and stay. ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS WHETHER THEY WILL ASK ME TO SEE A DRIVERS LICENSE WHEN I CROSS THE BORDER!

22 posted on 12/10/2012 4:21:53 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: austinaero
You should be more worried about getting back into the States without ID>

Dude says he has a passport to get back home.

23 posted on 12/10/2012 4:27:19 PM PST by Rapscallion ( OBAMA: You own it now. See if you can govern it.)
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YES!!!


24 posted on 12/10/2012 4:27:50 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: FoxPro

Contact the Auto Club. They are a reliable source of information as to driving in Mexico.


25 posted on 12/10/2012 4:28:11 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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Can I drive my car into Mexico without an American drivers license?

No.

Your US drivers license, in good standing, is honored by Mexican law if you have Mexican approved or sold liability insurance.

If you don't have a US license, you don't have a Mexican license.

26 posted on 12/10/2012 4:28:30 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: nuconvert

“Why are you driving at all if you don’t have a drivers license?”


You have to have a Mexican drivers license to drive in Mexico. Who would have thunk it. The illegals that have crossed into the US, do so all the time, without a US license, and demand we give them one. Try that in Mexico.


27 posted on 12/10/2012 4:28:58 PM PST by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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I want to go down and stay. ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS WHETHER THEY WILL ASK ME TO SEE A DRIVERS LICENSE WHEN I CROSS THE BORDER!


A valid US passport or passport card is required to cross the border into Mexico or Canada. This happened a while back.


28 posted on 12/10/2012 4:33:26 PM PST by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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Dude, tell the Mex border guys “Dude, I don’t need no steenkin license.”


29 posted on 12/10/2012 4:33:32 PM PST by Rapscallion ( OBAMA: You own it now. See if you can govern it.)
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Yes but ... your insurance likely won’t cover you. If it doesn’t, you’ll need insurance in Mexico. There are many companies in Mexico that will give you short term ins. it’s pretty easy.


30 posted on 12/10/2012 4:33:45 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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“You have to have a Mexican drivers license to drive in Mexico.”

No, you don’t


31 posted on 12/10/2012 4:35:11 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Navy Patriot

I dont give a crap about what is legal or illegal.

WILL THEY ASK TO SEE A DRIVERS LICENSE WHEN CROSSING INTO MEXICO BY CAR?

WILL THEY ASK TO SEE A DRIVERS LICENSE WHEN RETURNING FROM MEXICO BY CAR?


32 posted on 12/10/2012 4:36:27 PM PST by FoxPro
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Not that they are enforced or enforced correctly, but Mexico does have laws.

Yes you need a license to drive in Mexico. One from here or from there.

The surest way to get arrested in a foreign country is to parade around not obeying laws like your more privileged than the residents.

Obviously in the US we allow illegals to do just that. But believe me, Mexico doesn’t like it one bit.


33 posted on 12/10/2012 4:36:33 PM PST by Aurorales (I will not be ridiculed into silence!)
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Since you have a passport, why not just take public transportation to Mexico. Then it’s not an issue...

If you don’t have a license you don’t have valid insurance either.


34 posted on 12/10/2012 4:37:37 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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YES!
ON BOTH SIDES.

But you may be onto something once you get across intact.
I know enough Mexicans who won't travel south unless business or family demand it, and demand is the operative word, they just might need all the new blood they can get.
That's assuming you can support yourself and don't care much about personal safety or property rights.

35 posted on 12/10/2012 4:38:47 PM PST by norton
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Insurance, really what company will insure you if you have no drivers license?


36 posted on 12/10/2012 4:39:51 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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WILL THEY ASK TO SEE A DRIVERS LICENSE WHEN CROSSING INTO MEXICO BY CAR?
WILL THEY ASK TO SEE A DRIVERS LICENSE WHEN RETURNING FROM MEXICO BY CAR?

Your answer, from what others are posting, seems to be yes.
So, be prepared to be arrested on one side or the other if you go.


37 posted on 12/10/2012 4:42:15 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: FoxPro
Most likely they will ask for a DL at both crossings, I have never heard of an instance when an Anglo or a Latin was not asked for a drivers license at the border when in a vehicle.

And you don't have to shout.

38 posted on 12/10/2012 4:42:23 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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Oh, forgot.
You need at least a passport card to get in.

Plus, of course you will need a drivers license to get back into the states. Those are Americans you will be dealing with coming back. Do you think they will let you drive into the states without a license?

You have your answers. Asking again and again will not change the truth.


39 posted on 12/10/2012 4:42:23 PM PST by Aurorales (I will not be ridiculed into silence!)
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No you don’t. I’ve driven plenty of times in Puerto Aventuras on an American license.

You just rent one like anywhere in America and get their insurance.


40 posted on 12/10/2012 4:43:02 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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Insurance, really what company will insure you if you have no drivers license?

It is my dads car.

41 posted on 12/10/2012 4:46:04 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: FoxPro

It depends. Do you want to come back?


42 posted on 12/10/2012 4:47:40 PM PST by animal172 (RIP USA)
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Do you really think Mexico will let you stay without identification? They jail their illegal immigrants.


43 posted on 12/10/2012 4:48:10 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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Fly or take a bus. Also, i believe that they will want to make sure your car is not staying in Mexico anyway.


44 posted on 12/10/2012 4:49:40 PM PST by dinodino
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Who the hell do you think your dealing with when you come back to the states?

That is a border patrol/customs checkpoint.
Of course you need a license.

Have you ever been to Mexico? Take someone who knows what their doing. It sounds like you don’t.


45 posted on 12/10/2012 4:49:49 PM PST by Aurorales (I will not be ridiculed into silence!)
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Do not know about our southern border, but definitely need a passport to reenter from the great white north. To enter Canada you only need a driver license and birth certificate. My daughter goes to school in Montreal, this info is accurate.
46 posted on 12/10/2012 4:52:01 PM PST by gusty
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If you’re near San Diego, why don’t you just take the trolley down to the border and cross at San Ysidro? Take your passport, other forms of ID if you have that and plenty of money. That way you won’t have to worry about driving here or there without a license.


47 posted on 12/10/2012 4:53:15 PM PST by MomofMarine
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your is you’re

and their is they’re

I hate when I do that.


48 posted on 12/10/2012 4:53:37 PM PST by Aurorales (I will not be ridiculed into silence!)
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Did you read that story yesterday about the American vet they have chained to his bed in a Mexican prison? Don’t mess around. “Justice” in Mexico is not what you want to deal with. It’s politically incorrect to say, but Mexico is totally third world. It’s a drug cartel paradise. And HATES gringos to boot.

Mexico is totally corrupt and foreigners have no rights without embassy pressure. Peasants flood over the border for a reason. Also, when you travel to Mexico, if you get injured, you have to pay up front cash for any medical care. They will be happy to let a foreigner die.

Justice means nothing if a corrupt asss nabs you...you are an American milk cow. I live in Texas. Many people I know don’t even go there anymore. That includes people who have settled here from Mexico.


49 posted on 12/10/2012 4:54:12 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: FoxPro

Quora.com is a good place to ask questions like that.


50 posted on 12/10/2012 4:54:12 PM PST by yellowhammer
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