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Can you have Mexican plates in the US?

Can you have Mexican plates in the US?

Yes, if you are a US national residing in Mexico, you can drive a car with Mexican plates and have a Mexican driver’s license. You cannot live in Mexico and work in the US and drive your Mexican car to work. You cannot reside in the US with Mexican plates on your car.

Can I drive a car with Mexican plates in California?

General US law allows us to drive our Mexican-plated cars around the USA for up to a year, but some acquaintances have said that California does not allow this. They say California law requires us to register the car in California within 20 days.

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Can a resident have a Mexican car?

Your vehicle from Mexico will need a California smog inspection in order to be eligible for import and California registration. If your vehicle does not conform to U.S. emissions or safety standards, you will not be able to register it in California (or the US for that matter).

Can I buy a truck in Mexico and bring it to the US?

Re: Is it legal to buy a new car in Mexico and bring it back to the US? The answer is NO. The car doesn’t meet US safety and emission standards.

Can a US citizen cross the border with a Mexican car?

As is common knowledge, a U.S. citizen may freely cross into Baja with a U.S. plated vehicle. When a Mexican citizen drives into Mexican territory with a U.S. vehicle and no U.S. citizen in the vehicle, Mexican customs sees this as attempting to smuggle the vehicle into the country.

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California requires front plates. So yes illegal.

How can I bring a Mexican car to the US?

You need the following documentation when you import a car from Mexico for road use:

  1. Bill of Lading (if you ship it)
  2. Bill of Sale.
  3. Mexican registration.
  4. A title or proof that you own the vehicle.
  5. DOT Form HS-7 which shows safety compliance.
  6. EPA Form 3520-1 which shows emissions compliance.

What year of car can I legalize in Mexico?

Right now, you can only legalize vehicles which are 10 years of age and which were made in countries part of the NAFTA. In order to determine whether you fit that criterion, you have to check the VIN number and if it’s starts with 1,2,3,4 or 5 – you are eligible.

What was the first color license plate in California?

The History of California License Plates (1963-present) 1963 – earliest license plate that is still valid (the plates had a black background and chrome yellow characters). 1970 – standard plate changed to a blue background with yellow characters. Last year any black/yellow plates were issued.

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What is the oldest license plate in the United States?

1963 – earliest license plate that is still valid (the plates had a black background and chrome yellow characters). 1970 – standard plate changed to a blue background with yellow characters. Last year any black/yellow plates were issued.

What was the last year for a black and yellow license plate?

Last year any black/yellow plates were issued. 1976 – year-round registration started, which requires a month expiration sticker affixed to the upper left hand corner of the plate. 1982 – standard plate changed to a white background with blue characters with a sun graphic and “California” in red block letters.

What is the standard size of a license plate in California?

Automobile, commercial, and trailer license plates are 12″ x 6″. Motorcycle license plates 7″ x 4″ (plates issued prior to July 1, 1970, are 8″ x 5″). Identification plates issued to vehicles not bearing automobile, commercial, trailer, or motorcycle plates are 7″ x 4″ (plates issued prior to January 1, 1981 are 8″ x 5″).