The People's Guide To Mexico

Driving In Mexico
Mexican Auto Insurance
The Best of Mexico
The Perfect RV

Red Tape In Mexico

Buying Land in Mexico?

The regulations on the sale of real property to foreigners are found in the Mexican Foreign Investment Law. An American (or any foreign national) can acquire land almost anywhere in Mexico with the permission of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The only exception in the Foreign Investment Law is that foreigners may not acquire directly real property in the "restricted zone".

The restricted zone is the strip of land 100 km from the border and 50 km from the beach. If a foreigner wishes to acquire land in the restricted zone, he or she may enter into a trust agreement with a Mexican bank.... (more) by Jonathan A. Pikoff, Esq.

Lost in Translation: Texas Notary Public v. Mexico Notario Publico

When you are told the Mexican Notario Publico will charge $3,000 dollars to make you the beneficiary of a trust on a Mexican beachfront condo, you certainly know things are different in Mexico. This article will clarify the misconception that commonly occurs when individuals familiar with the Texas Office of Notary Public encounter a Mexican Notario Publico.

Despite sharing a common linguistic derivation, these two titles convey vastly different responsibilities upon their respective officeholders.... (more) by Jonathan A. Pikoff, Esq. and Charles J. Crimmins

•Crossing the US Border: What Might Happen

•Why Is He Typing In My License Plate Number?

US Customs, created a computer database system in the late 1980's that links every kiosk in every Port of Entry, together so that information could be shared instantly.... By noting the time, and place of your entry "Big Brother" can later review this data to see if perhaps a strange or odd pattern emerges. If for instance a Missouri automobile repeatedly enters the US between two and four a.m. at various entry points .... (more) by David "El Codo" Eidell

Mexican Auto Insurance: A brief introduction

To drive in Mexico, the minimum required insurance coverage is Civil Liability Insurance. This coverage protects you in the event you cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties... (more) by Peter Bassel, Mexican Auto Insurance

Char & Al and friends taking motorhomes into Mexico

Thus, if a tow car is brought along as a 2nd vehicle, it has to be put into a 2nd person’s name. All the paperwork has to be separated into one car or motorhome per person.

Important: This also means having a credit card in each person’s name. It can be the same account number on each card, but it absolutely has to have different names on the cards. So for each vehicle, there has to be a title, registration paper, a credit card and drivers license, plus multiple copies of each, and ONLY ONE VEHICLE PER PERSON.... (more) by Char & Al Bennett

Winnie, the motorhome, has VIM problems

Very excited, we got back in the Motorhome (I will call her Winnie from now on, her nickname, as she is a "Minnie Winnie") and headed through the customs checkpoint with the ‘random’ red or green light. Of course we got the red light. They asked for our import permit, passport and vehiclecar registration. ....But, it seemed to be taking a little too long. I was starting to wonder if something might be wrong. I saw a grim look on his face. Then he hit us with the bad news. “This is not this car.” (in Spanish).... (more) by Paige & Rich Demuth

Mexican Auto Insurance: Don't Leave Home Without It.

Your American or Canadian automobile insurance is not valid once you cross the border into Mexico. If you have an accident while in Mexico, even if you were not at fault, you can be put into jail for failure to have liability insurance coverage..... (more) by Richard Dalton, former owner of Paisano Mexican Insurance

•Entering Mexico: Single parents with children

My problem has to do with obtaining entry for my children into Mexico (preferably legal). I know I am supposed to have signed notarized permission from the children's father, but what do I do when that is impossible? .... (more) with a response by Jenerfer Rose


The Apostille document is a special certification document which is accepted by countries who are a party to the rules of the 1961 Hague Convention.The Apostille document enables you to bypass further certification from the U.S. Department of State and immediately send or take your documents to the country of intended use. Not only are notarized documents apostilled, but also any public document. Certified copies of court records require an apostille. by jennifer rose

•FM 3 Requirements

Requirements to apply for a permit to reside in Mexico on a permanent basis (non immigrant-rentista)

•Moral Solvency?

I face a problemwith attaining the various levels of immigration status. I have drug convictions in my background and have been asked for a certificate of moral solvency.

•Extending Car Papers?

Question: We are living in Zamora at the moment and will need to renew our vehicle's six month permiso by the end of March. Our personal tourist visas will have been extended by virtue of visits home by plane, but we wonder if you have any advice on how to extend or renew the car's permiso without having to drive to the border. We are quite close to Guadalajara or could go to D.F....

•Are new Car Bonds being implemented?

Mexico Proposes -- Delays -- Implements -- Then SUSPENDS New Red tape For Tourists With Vehicles

December 3, 1999

: One day after the new regs went into effect, the President of Mexico personally intervened, and suspended changes to the car bonding procedure.

•New Tourist Cards

Important changes to Mexico’s Tourist Card: Visitors to the interior of Mexico must have a valid FMT -- better known as a “tourist card” (for extensive details, see The People’s Guide To Mexico). In July of 1999, Mexico replaced the previous free-of-charge version with a new and improved multiple-entry tourist card.

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