They take it away in Jalisco The copy of the ticket serves as your license until you pay it. Then you get it back. Having both just makes it more flexible (because showing a ticket implies that you are already guilty).I would not even bother with a Mexican Drivers license unless you live here. They can not take away your US one so it will be easier to get out of a ticket.
There are commun international laws that apply to most countries you can use your us license for up to 6 months wich is the most that you can legaly be in the country that you are visiting if you are from another country if you are from the country you are travelin to I suggest you get the local license you can use it as a license and also as an identification document and that way you can securly lock away you visa and passaport good look.:clap2:Question: are you required to get a Mexican drivers license to drive in Mexico or can we still use our american license? Do we need to take a drivers test? Thanks!
RV - How do you get your US D/L renewed? Do you travel back to the US to do it? Does your home state allow renewals via the mail? Is there a US address on the D/L?That is not the case here. We've lived in Mexico for over a decade and have only our US licenses, with which we drive both US and Mexican plated vehicles. No problem and quite legal.