Feb 1, 2010, 9:05 AM
Post #5 of 17
She asked me if I was out of state. She then informed me that as of last week they are no longer registaring cars from out of state. You need a SD license and a address.
Not that I am unsympathetic with your plight,Tony, but this is very much in keeping with the laws of most if not all states including South Dakota except in Clay County where, until now, it looks like she was running her own regional DMV out of Vermillion. I agree with you that it seems unlikely that the state of SD will continue to renew these Mexico domiciled cars in the future but who knows? It certainly makes sense that one should be required to prove residency, and I´m not talking a P.O. Box here, in order to register a car in one´s home state. As far back as 2001, the state of Alabama refused to issue me plates unless I submitted proof of residency and also brought the car in to the state DMV in Mobile County where I claimed to live since I had relatives there. Maybe someone posting here knows of a state where a person living in Mexico and, perhaps from another, stricter, state can be registered but I seriously doubt that with the present state of paranoia in the U.S.
Thre is one solution if you have the cash. Buy a new or used Mexican plated vehicle and drive that U.S. plated vehicle back to the U.S. and sell it. We did this by driving two California plated vehicles with long-expired plates to the border at Nuevo Laredo where we sold them after exporting them legally.
It is true that we are FM-2 holders achieving inmigrado status this year (thus had to sell our California plated cars before applying for inmigrado status) and maintain no residence in the U.S. but I believe one can live part of the year in the U.S. garaging and driving a Mexican plated car with no hassle as long as one is also a resident of Mexico with FM-2 or FM-3 status. In fact, our Mexican insurance by AXA in Mexico City on our Mexican vehicle purchased in Guadalajara covers us automatically for liability in both the United States and Guatemala.
I´m no insurance expert but I do have one of the best insurance agents in Mexico in my opinion. So service and client oriented that we have not only car insurance with him but major medical and two homeowner´s policies all issued by AXA. His name is Jesus Tejeda Mejorada and he works out of Guadalajara. He can be reached on his cell phone at 044 or 045 (333) 667 0499. If you are thinking of purchasing a Mexican plated vehicle and have any technical questions, give him a no-obligation call. His English is excellent.
It´s a shame the U.S. makes it so difficult for its many thousands of law abiding citizens retired in Mexico and lawfully paying U.S. taxes every year.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Feb 1, 2010, 9:20 AM)