Skip to comments.Texas DMV issues warning about cars being seized in Mexico
Posted on 04/27/2012 2:39:45 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
Authorities are urging Texas drivers to have proper motor license plates and inspection stickers before heading across the border into Mexico.
Over the past few months, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) has heard from American drivers that their vehicles were impounded in Mexico.
The drivers said Mexican customs officers seized their vehicles because of temporary paper license plates or permits and in other cases expired registration stickers.
TxDMV officials said they first heard about the issue in the El Paso area but it serves as a good reminder for drivers across the entire border.
Drivers whose cars are seized across the border must obtain a letter from TxDMV verifying the registered owners name, address, vehicle description and status of the plates, permits or registration.
In some cases, Mexican customs officials also require an Apostille from the Texas Secretary of State verifying that TxDMV has the authority to sign the letter.
It is our recommendation that Texas drivers obtain their permanent license plates, permits and current registration stickers prior to traveling into Mexico, said TxDMV Interim Executive Director Linda M. Flores. This may save you the considerable aggravation of having to try to recover your vehicle if it is impounded.
Registered owners purchasing a certified vehicle inquiry from TxDMV will also receive the verification letter required by Mexican authorities upon request.
Texans who need to renew their registration stickers may do so online at www.TxDMV.gov, or in person at their county tax office.
Yep. Your worried about the car? Perhaps your life is a bit more important...
Exactly. I’ve lost nothing in Mexico and could care less if I never see that filthy third world hellhole for the rest of my days, except for National Geographic specials and/or the Disney Channel.
But the Feds come down hard on any US Police Dept trying the same thing to illegal alien's cars here.
State of Texas is pissed they didn’t get to impound the cars.
I was at the Alamo last week, and on a sign proclaiming the Alamo as “The Birth Place of Texas Liberty” the same sign explained that by entering the grounds of the Alamo I was providing “implied consent for search of my personal and property”. That is Liberty, Texas style!
I`m sure that little part of the statement “try to recover”
was an exaggeration/Sarc
Mexico’s merely cleaning up the crowd of deadbeats who drive all over the USA sliding between states with dubious looking plates, temporary paper documents that are given great latitude here are not recognized in Mexico! These vehicles are predominately cars driven by illegals crossing over the boarder time and time again. The people who actively traffic in stolen vehicles from the USA are moving thousands of cars south. They are using Mexico as a dead drop for their booty, which is next trans shipped all over the world. Last year an estimated 250,000 vehicles are involved. The Mexican police are merely taking their cut. Somethings never change, why should they?
It would be racism to try that stunt with Mexicans crossing into our side. NO SARCASM.
I’ve heard that you even have to take your hat off to enter the Alamo itself!
Many car incurance policies don’t provide coverage in Mexico while they do in Canada; what a surprise!
Maybe they just need some new Taxi’s for their fleet, or perhaps some new police cars.
Way back in 1970 I tiik my family over to Mexico, we were warned then not to drive ur own vehicle over. The streets were pretty safe then—we walked.
It takes a special insurance policy. You have to pay extra to be covered in mexico. Its not a big deal.
The biggest risk to your car in mexico is a flat tire. Their roads are riddled with nails, screws, bolts, and sharp objects. You will average one flat tire per month in towns and one per week in rural areas with unpaved roads. There are lots of tire shops in mexico.
“You have to pay extra to be covered in mexico. Its not a big deal.”
It is certainly no big deal to me; I have never been to Mexico and never will be. I do find it telling that I have been to Canada several times, and don’t need a special insurance policy to do so.
Do these people not read their insurance policies? Your auto insurance isn’t valid south of the border. Go to Mexico at your own risk, take your vehicle at the very large risk you won’t bring it back
Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Like that's gonna stop 'em from shooting you and stealing your car, hahahahahahaha!
“Many car incurance policies dont provide coverage in Mexico while they do in Canada; what a surprise!”
Mine do - and I often wondered what kind of insurance those people on the border have. Lloyd’s of London?
Actually, if you have temp tags, it isn’t a great idea to go joy-riding out of STATE, much less, the country. You can bet your last dollar that your chances of getting pulled over for the most trivial “offence” will go up dramatically, with good reason-generally, those are very easy to forge, and police departments can just barely keep up with REAL plates.
This could be bad news for the people in Arizona whose vehicles are being stolen by illegal alien “coyotes” to be used to make trips back and forth across the border to sneak in more illegal aliens. Usually, when they steal a new Ford F-250, they throw out all of the registration paperwork at the construction site where they steal the diesel fuel to make the trips.
From what I understand, the issue isn’t that American car insurance companies won’t cover your car in Mexico. The issue is that the Mexican government does not recognize car insurance from America. They insist that you buy a Mexican car insurance policy.
Bottom line is that Mexico does not allow American car insurance companies to operate in Mexico.
I would be afraid to drive in Mexico anyway. Heard too many horror stories.