The 3 times I have been to the frontera of Baja and California with my new INM card that is the way it is.I'm going to Juarez today and taking Omnibus to Durango. I have my recently obtained permanent residency visa card, and it's my understanding if asked to show any papers that's the only ID I need. Am I missing anything, or is it just that simple?
Ditto. We've been stopped many times in Mexico, most often in Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero,(always at "official" police or military checkpoints), and have never once been asked to produce any identification documents.........Hound Dog would rather be stopped at a federally-managed or Zapatista or indigenous community reten in the deepest Lacandon Forest for inspection and, in the latter two cases, a "small bite" than be pulled over by the straight-laced and way too serious Alabama or California Highway Patrol at any time for any reason at all.
In my case, the bus was boarded twice on the way back. Each time, one guy boarded the bus and just walked the aisle and opened the bathroom door then left without saying anything to anyone. I was asked for ID each time at the bus station before entering the boarding area. After just a glance at my visa I was given a nod and got on the bus.I take the bus between Guadalajara and the border pretty often, both to Tijuana and to Ciudad Juarez.
Going north, security stops are quite common, maybe 4 or 5 times on each trip. Sometimes they unload all the passengers and all the luggage and require the passengers to claim their luggage and run it through a scanner. Sometimes it is just selected items. Very rarely they will ask for identification, I can't remember if it is just me that they asked for identification or everyone. I have always been the only obvious non-Mexican on the buses.
Going south, there are rarely security checks.