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