Mexico is a diverse and vast country; it is not surprising that many travelers desire to explore it by car. On this page, explore the common question – can you drive in Mexico with a US license?
Can you drive in Mexico with a US license?
Yes, you can. If you are one of those tourists with an American drive license, here are some tips that you should keep in mind before starting your car trip:
- US and Canadian driver’s licenses are recognized in Mexico. Besides, your Mexico Insurance policy is invalid if you do not have a valid, non-Mexican, driver’s license.
- It is important to note that when crossing the Mexican border by car, if you plan to travel outside free or border zone, you must obtain a temporary permit to import a vehicle.
- US Liability Insurance is not valid in Mexico. Therefore, the US Department of State strongly recommends that you purchase a full coverage insurance policy that will cover the collateral cost in the event of an accident caused by a vehicle in Mexico.
- Citizens of the United States and Canada who wish to visit Mexico to travel, study at a university/college, or travel through Mexico for a period not exceeding 180 days do not need a tourist visa.
US – Mexico Border Crossing Cities
Please note that crossing the Mexican-US border by car is legal through individual checkpoints.
Several large border cities have several crossings, including one or several that bypass the city center and are designed for trucks’ movement.
- Otay Mesa
- Calexico West
- Calexico East
- San Luis II
- Antelope Wells
- Santa Teresa
- El Paso-PDN
- El Paso-Stanton
- El Paso-BOTA
- El Paso-Ysleta
- Del Rio
- Eagle Pass II
- Colombia Solidarity
- Rio Grande City
- Los Indios
- Brownsville Veterans
A useful resource to find the border wait times between US and Mexico:
- “Mexico International Travel Information”. Accessed August 03, 2020. Link.