Tips for Driving to Mexico

Last Updated: May 2, 2022 by
Categories: Border Crossing, Driving to Mexico, Tips

Floating in Pool MexicoEven though Mexico is a super laid back place to vacation, there are a few things that could cause your trip to be stressful, delayed and not fun. The general population of Mexico is welcoming and generous, but this might be misleading when dealing with law enforcement, who may not be as lenient as one might expect. Mexico is another country, and the laws there are much different than in the U.S. or Canada. When driving to Mexico use these tips to make sure you enjoy the wonderful people and experience of Mexico, rather than having to fly through hoops to get on with your trip.

  1. Take your driver's license and a passport, passport card, green card or SENTRI pass.
  2. Make sure you have vehicle registration documents. It's best if the registration is in the name of the driver.
  3. You should have ownership documents for recreational vehicles like Travel Trailers, ATVs, Jet Skis, Boats, trailers, as well.
  4. Get Mexico auto insurance. Unfortunately U.S. auto insurance does not cover your a vehicle in Mexico. Mexico only recognizes Mexican domiciled insurers. Mexican laws are much stricter when an at fault driver cannot pay damages. If you are taking recreational vehicles, you should consider insuring them, as well.
  5. If you're traveling beyond the Mexico 'free zone' get a vehicle import permit. It's required.
  6. Know where you're going. There are many maps available online. You may also want the list of Mexico border crossings and border waiting times before you go.
  7. DO NOT carry guns, knives or any ammunition into Mexico. The laws are very harsh regarding these items.
  8. Avoid speeding, fights, overintoxication and drugs.
  9. Keep receipts for anything you buy in Mexico, you may need them to get through customs.
  10. Do not purchase or bring wildlife, plants, fruit, coral, tortoise products or fireworks to or from Mexico.
  11. Carry the U.S. Embassy in Mexico's phone number in the event of an emergency.
  12. Make sure someone not traveling with you has your Mexico itinerary and contact information.

If you have any concern about getting into trouble in Mexico, get some legal assistance insurance. It will provide you with legal help from bilingual representatives and includes roadside assistance, medical assistance, travel assistance and more.

Mexico is an incredible country with friendly people, gorgeous countryside, beaches and loads of activities. Don't spoil a good vacation by forgetting these valuable tips. Have a wonderful trip to Mexico!