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Driving a Foreign Vehicle

For the most part, driving is as much part of any culture as anything else. One of our first big milestones toward adulthood is getting the driver’s license. Our first bills are insurance and registration. So, it’s no wonder we don’t think twice about driving our car, let alone the regulation underneath it.

But what if you want to drive a Mexican-registered car in the United States? Or, what if you are in Mexico and you want to drive a U.S. car? The answer depends on where you are LICENSED.

*For purposes below, “U.S.” can also represent “Canadian” or any other country foreign to Mexico.

U.S. Drivers License | U.S. Car | Mexico Driving

Can I drive a US/Canada (any non-Mexican) vehicle with a US/Canada Drivers License (non-Mexican license) in Mexico?

Yes. But you will need to purchase the Mex-Insurance to cover the legal liability requirement. You may also need to procure the following depending on your situation:

US Drivers License | U.S. Car | United States Driving

Can I drive my U.S. car in the United States with my U.S. driver’s license?

Yes. But the more common question is:

Can we buy short-term insurance for the U.S.?

Not many companies in the U.S. sell daily-term policies like they do in Mexico. But, if you choose an online broker like progressive.com or geico.com, they will pro-rate your refund if you are in the United States for a short time. *Pro-rate does not exist in Mexico.

US Drivers License | Mexico Car | Mexico Driving

Can I drive a Mexican Car with a U.S. Drivers License in Mexico?

No. This is not legal so you may have a hard time insuring it. If you are driving a Mexico-registered car you should have a Mexican Drivers License.

U.S. Drivers License | Mexico Car | U.S. Driving

Can I drive a Mexican-registered car in the United States with my U.S. Driver‘s License?

No. It’s not legal, the car could be impounded and you might be fined. If you are driving a Mexican vehicle, you should have a Mexican license.

Mexico Drivers License | Mexico Car | U.S. Driving

Can I drive my Mexico-Registered vehicle in the United States with my Mexican Drivers License?

Yes! The northbound insurance program offered through Chubb automatically increases the liability limit of the policy to match state requirements. The standard coverage is $300,000 and it includes legal assistance and roadside assistance.

Mexico Drivers License | U.S. Car | U.S. Driving

Can I drive my U.S. car into the United States with a Mexico driver’s license?

No. In order to operate a vehicle in the United States you must have a valid driver’s license from your residence state.

Mexico Drivers License | U.S. Car | Mexico Driving

Can I drive a U.S Car with a Mexico Drivers License in Mexico?

No. This is not legal, and therefore you won’t be able to buy insurance for this. You might also have the car impounded.

Mexico Drivers License | Mexico Car | Mexico Driving

Can I drive a Mexico-registered vehicle in Mexico with a Mexico driver’s license?

Yes of course. You will need to purchase domestic insurance as a Mexican resident from someone licensed in Mexico. https://www.qualitas.com.mx

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