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That's good news about some insurance policies and why it is wise to shop and read the 'fine print'. It can also vary by state. Retaining license plates is unheard of in Jalisco and holding a driver's license for payment is illegal; although some will try. We've been stopped but have never had a ticket, even though in the wrong. Yes, we also carry forms to 'report questionable actions' and each state ministry of tourism probably has similar forms. We refuse to pay bribes and always stand our ground; the officers seem to prey upon the 'weak and willing'. Minor traffic violations are very cheap if paid within a few days at the 'recaudadora' office. Playagrandma's last paragraph give excellent advice. Also, always insist on seeing the officer's ID. If he refuses, leave in a hurry as he may not be genuine. Try not to drive at night, but if you must, and if you see flashing lights, don't pull over until you are in a safe, populated place. There are 'blue light bandits' who will clean you out. Keep doors locked and windows up at night.

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That's good news about some insurance policies and why it is wise to shop and read the 'fine print'. It can also vary by state. Retaining license plates is unheard of in Jalisco and holding a driver's license for payment is illegal; although some will try. We've been stopped but have never had a ticket, even though in the wrong. Yes, we also carry forms to 'report questionable actions' and each state ministry of tourism probably has similar forms. We refuse to pay bribes and always stand our ground; the officers seem to prey upon the 'weak and willing'. Minor traffic violations are very cheap if paid within a few days at the 'recaudadora' office. Playagrandma's last paragraph give excellent advice. Also, always insist on seeing the officer's ID. If he refuses, leave in a hurry as he may not be genuine. Try not to drive at night, but if you must, and if you see flashing lights, don't pull over until you are in a safe, populated place. There are 'blue light bandits' who will clean you out. Keep doors locked and windows up at night.
more good advice. Its very wise to check what your area will require. And RV gringo is correct-minor violations are very cheap if paid withing a certain amount of time. I think here its within 48 hours but will go up if not paid within that time frame. A parking ticket is 150 pesos.

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Thanks to all of you who have replied to my questions - you've given me some new possibilities to consider and enquire about. I hope to relocate to Morelia - don't know about emissions testing in Michoacan but expect my Honda would pass OK. I have to renew the vehicle's 'permission' every year, apparently, when I renew the FM3. I'm still not sure if both of those things can be done from within the country - or if you have to go out, say to the US, and re-enter ?? Just hope when I get to the Mexican border, perhaps in four months, they'll agree with what I've been told up here! Cheers!
There will be an obligatory (right now it is voluntary) emissions testing program in Michoacan in 2010, but it only applies to locally-plated vehicles, not foreign plated vehicles. Nowhere in Mexico are foreign-plated vehicles required to test. Otherwise, you can imagine the number of tourists that would get caught off guard.

The rules regarding driving a foreign plated vehicle in the valley of Mexico (a.k.a. Mexico City metro area), are stated here, Hoy No Circula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia but even there, there is no requirement that a foreign plated vehicle must test, only that you need to follow certain time/day restrictions while driving there.

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You people are a wealth of valuable information! Many thanks. Now, my 'main' concern, though obviously not the only one in regard to driving in Mexico, is being able to keep my BC license PLATES. I have read on these forums that expat NOB plates are often stolen, being desireable for some reason. I'd be in a real 'pickle' if that happened and I couldn't get others from BC, not paying for insurance there any longer. I'm going to be out-of-town for a couple of days (so non-responsive) and then will start finding out what the local BCAA Autoplan agents have to say, plus the Mexican Consulate. I'll report back on this thread. 'Bye for now.

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You people are a wealth of valuable information! Many thanks. Now, my 'main' concern, though obviously not the only one in regard to driving in Mexico, is being able to keep my BC license PLATES. I have read on these forums that expat NOB plates are often stolen, being desireable for some reason. I'd be in a real 'pickle' if that happened and I couldn't get others from BC, not paying for insurance there any longer. I'm going to be out-of-town for a couple of days (so non-responsive) and then will start finding out what the local BCAA Autoplan agents have to say, plus the Mexican Consulate. I'll report back on this thread. 'Bye for now.
Some of my cousin's friends removed their front plate when they moved to Mexico and installed a kind of bolt on the rear of their plates (they had a rounded top to them) so you could only remove the bolts by getting inside the vehicle, i.e., you couldn't take a screwdriver to get them off on the outside).

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If you cannot maintain your BC plates or if it becomes too expensive to do so, you might want to consider selling your car and buying a car in Mexico; assuming your are going to live there. It might be the easiest option. If you buy a good, older car in Mexico, you minimize or eliminate the tenencia. There are always good buy's available. In fact, I have a friend who is moving to the USA and has a 2004 Nissan Platina 4dr automatic, which will be for sale next month in Chapala with Jalisco plates. That's a very popular car in Mexico.

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This should help in terms of looking at prices of Mexican vehicles,

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The Platina is a very decent vehicle.

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