Aug 7, 2011, 9:42 AM
Post #23 of 31
A comment on drivers licenses here is that a US drivers license is valid in México, and a Mexican drivers license is valid in The US. Not all policemen are aware of all international agreements, so you may need to see a judge to have all charges dropped, and to have your Mexican drivers license returned to you NOB.
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My Mexican wife and I kept our US drivers licenses until they expired, it was then simpler to just get Mexican licenses here. Do not waste your money getting an International Drivers license. They are not recognized in México.
I have only made a couple of trips to The US in the past decade or so. I always stay with one of my widowed daughters up there. She lives alone, and she has two cars. She always loans me one of her cars when I am there. I drive it with impunity, using my Mexican drivers license.
An interesting thing happened a few years ago. My wife was involved in a little fender-bender accident .after she had her Mexican drivers license, but before her US license expired. Another car had pulled into the small space between her and the car ahead of her, and immediately slammed on his brakes. She bumped his bumper.
We had to follow the police car to the station so the investigators could determine if she was at fault. The investigators are usually too lazy to leave their office to investigate any accident in the field. They determined that my wife needed to pay a small fine. To assure that she would go to the Transito office to pay it, they took her Mexican drivers license, it would be returned when she paid the fine. They did give her a temporary pasteboard license to use until the fine was paid.
As we were walking out to our van, she asked another policeman how long before the temporary license expired? He pointed to The US plates that were still on the van, and asked her if she still had an American license? When she told him yes, he said “No problem, use that one.”
Don't sweat the small stuff.
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