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Old 02-09-2019, 04:39 AM   #1
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UK drivers - borders and permits

Hey,

I am from the UK and am planning to spend a year travelling in North America, purchasing and travelling in a skoolie. I wonder if anyone can help me with some border and permit questions as I'm getting mixed messages from official channels.

International Drivers Permit
Do I need one or is a UK license ok? IDP will only tell me it is 'recommended in some states'. That does not suggest it is essential, just that they want me to buy one!

Mexico
I have read that you need to set up a temporary import if you are travelling into Mexico and that this is not an option for a UK driver, even if they own their US vehicle. Has any non-American travelled in a skoolie across the border?
I have also read that no temporary import is needed for Baja. Does that mean as a UK citizen I could go there?
I know you also need your own mexican insurance - is this easy for UK cititzens?

Thanks for any help you can provide!
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I have no idea but welcome!
My wife is from Scotland. What part of the UK are you from?
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:30 AM   #3
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I spent a month in Mexico a couple of years ago. While in San Carlos Son. we met a couple from Denmark who had flown into Ontario, bought a used car. They toured Canada, the US and finally Mexico.

They were able to get thier TIP with no problem. I do know that the vehicle must be titled in your name.
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As far as licensing goes, your UK license should pass in every state.
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Thanks! We are from Brighton.
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As far as licensing goes, your UK license should pass in every state.
Good to hear UK license is enough.
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I spent a month in Mexico a couple of years ago. While in San Carlos Son. we met a couple from Denmark who had flown into Ontario, bought a used car. They toured Canada, the US and finally Mexico.

They were able to get thier TIP with no problem. I do know that the vehicle must be titled in your name.
Sounds promising!
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we get volunteers from many overseas countries and the subject of driver's licenses has come up many times - BC would prefer that a driver's license was International, but will accept foreign licenses if the driver has a note from me ( the vehicle owner ) saying they have my permission to drive my vehicle - we had a couple here volunteering from France that bought their own small truck - there was no question about their French license being valid - 'here' being BC Canada
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What are your friends volunteering for?
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What are your friends volunteering for?
we have sled dogs and we do behavior therapy for dogs with behavior problems, and we board dogs as well - commonly there are 70 - 80 dogs here at a time and a waiting list of dogs with behavior problems - we race the sleddogs and give dog sled tours - 7 of us are kept busy and never seem to get everything done
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