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  1. OK. This is getting more complicated as life goes on! wowzers. DAVE, I'm not too worried about the NM driver's license because it is good for one year, and I have an address at my son' house. I plan to get the Mexico driver's license so that way I have both. Maybe I should consider scrapping this foreign plated vehicle and return it to the states.The sad thing is the fact that I stuck alot of money into the vehicle since i've had it for two years, and i'm trying to drive it for 3 more years. it's the perfect old vehicle for around here and now it is running very well. I do not drive to guadalajara or out of the area. Just putting around here. To me the risk of accident is even higher when you leave this area between Chapala and GDL. I am weighing the risk of actions I take and this figures in. . O'rourke is still investigating what ANA insurance wants for the client to be legal with their insurance. In the end, it is the insurance company that decides whether to pay out for an accident or not. Even if the ANA insurance indicates that it is OK to have expired plates, and then there's an accident and they change their minds, even if i get it it writing like Cedro did, well, it all seems like a crapshoot. I've never been a fan of going rogue in any case, but seems like my only option right now is to get the SD plates which do not require a proof of insurance from what friends who've done it have told me. But before I make that move, I will listen to the insurance company's comments. I guess you take your chances retaining a stateside address when you do not live there. They all jive with my son's address; SS, the stateside bank I use to receive the SS and DMV has this address as well for the last registration that is expiring.. So at least there is some consistency. .....for what that's worth. Well, i'm going to view the website on the SD plates for whatever that is worth, because some have said if there's an accident and you really have never lived in SD and they can prove it, the fact you have current licence plates from there is just about as good as having the expired plates. So at this time the jury is out to whether I will bother with it if it is equally sketchy legally. Still waiting for the O'rourke folks to call me back. The agent went home sick ; therefore the delay in info.
  2. Well, my driver's license is good for another year. But the plates expire end of this month. New Mexico now has online registration renewal. The problem is that I no longer have insurance for the US. I only have a current policy thru O'rourke for Mexico.In order to do online renewal, I would have to buy US insurance. That could be complicated since I have allowed the US policy to run out shortly after I crossed the border with my AAA traveler's insurance. Even if I decided to buy insurance in order to complete the renewal, I think I would run into trouble since the cart hasn't been insured in the states for about 1 year. When that is discovered in the system, the send you a suspension for driving without insurance. So this would probably be an obstacle. I am grateful for all the input. I am going to call O'rourke and talk to the agent about requirements of legality. You have all been very helpful in allowing me to see my options and overcome the obstacles. I just called O'rourke and she is investigating for me but she said she thinks it is not a problem to go with expired plates. As a side, once I was impounded for "parking funny" in Ajijic during the footraces. I had a comment that I should have a pity party and drown my sorrows from a lady who took rides from me frequently. That experience had me rethink who I put in my car and call a friend. Keeping a car in this country takes money and a lot of hoop jumping.
  3. Rick Yes Cedro did a good job of responding. I believe I could get the Mexican licence and drive the foreign plated,,seems OK. But Cedro said "usually" around the question of expired plates. This left my question hanging and I wanted to hear from others. My drivers license is good for another year, but my plates have expired this month. It seems RV Gringo believes the reg. must be current in its home jurisdiction. So running around with expired plates may not be the thing to do. I still don't give a rat's tail about defining scam. But thanks. Others may benefit from those debates.
  4. While I get that you'll needed to argue the "scam" VS "COMPLETELY LEGAL" aspect of the SD plate option, the questions still remain with this OP. Can one drive a foreign plated vehicle (have RT status) and let the plates expire here and still be OK? Can one drive the foreign plated vehicle and obtain the Mexican Driver's license when the stateside license expires and be legal? Thanks ahead of time for keeping to the topic of the questions.
  5. I had heard that you only need the current plates if you drive over the border back into the states. Not planning on that. Just need to know if I can combine a current mexican driver's license with the foreign plated vehicle. Cedros, sound like you think that works. Hope to hear from others.
  6. Hello, helpful web boarders. My US Driver's license expires 1 year from now. I am able to drive my foreign plated vehicle (unless law changes) for another 3 year on my RT. Can one obtain a Mexican driver;'s license and be legal operating the foreign plated vehicle with the mexican license? Also does it matter if the foreign plated plates are current down here? I have no intention of going back to the states for these things, except for bringing the foreign plated vehicle out of the country once i go permanente in 3 years. A friend mentioned that some states will renew your DL by mail and you fill out a form on line. But i don't believe New Mexico does that.
  7. Hello, helpful web boarders. My US Driver's license expires 1 year from now. I am able to drive my foreign plated vehicle (unless law changes) for another 3 year on my RT. Can one obtain a Mexican driver;'s license and be legal operating the foreign plated vehicle with the mexican license? Also does it matter if the foreign plated plates are current down here? I have no intention of going back to the states for these things, except for bringing the foreign plated vehicle out of the country once i go permanente in 3 years. A friend mentioned that some states will renew your DL by mail and you fill out a form on line. But i don't believe New Mexico does that.
  8. OK. Just looked in my box o papeles and seems like I had one in 2006 when I was working in the city. In those days the schools got you everything, no running around. Going to check this out Saturday. Thanks again.
  9. Does that link also allow you to check if you already have one? I have worked in the country many times. Maybe I have one from other schools and I don't know it.
  10. Looks like I need the link for "trabajadores". Think I'm going to have my administrator at the school explore the online option for obtaining it. If that doesn't work, then I'll go to the place on Americas which she called SAT. But think I'll put off that overnight in the city just now. I work every Saturday there, so thought I might go to an office for that tomorrow. But now I think not. Could be easier than I thought. thanks to all. Teresa
  11. hello helpful folks! I must obtain an RFC number for one of my jobs in order to be paid in Bancomer for nomina. They say it's a new rule. I must go to SAT-Aduana on Americas in GDL for this (unless someone knows if the SAT _Aduana at the airport does the same). What I need is the information on what to bring them. I searched the search site with no results. Thanks.
  12. I totally recommend Drishti Yoga in San Antonio for restorative and therapeutic yoga. The teachers are great and the prices are good.
  13. Computer guy, the woman told me "martes" and i will go and see what happens. I will report back. Maybe they are doing 2 days or something who knows.....
  14. Thanks alot for those clarifications. I just went to DIF this morning and a nice lady gave me a list of what is needed and told me they only do the cards occasionally and this next Tuesday is a day they are doing them. Then INM promised me my CURP by Monday at 10. Things are rolling! Pays to check things out as everyone may have a different experience. I do believe I misunderstood the lady at Chapala Plus counter because I have seen someone pay half for those tickets.
  15. Thank you for location of office in GDL. Last week I spoke to the woman at the ticket counter at Chapala bus station asking about the discount rate. It seems that she said that the new discount was only 5 pesos for "directo." Currently it is 55 pesos one way to GDL, and in the past, folks told me INAPAM got you the ticket half price. I does seem something changed, and I will ask again there since I may not have heard the Spanish with 100% comprehension. I MIGHT try DIF in Chapala before venturing to the city, but if i get the run around, I'm not going to play the game. GDL has better reputation for actually giving you the card from what I hear.
  16. I do not have TELMEX as there are "not enough lines to serve my neighborhood". There were supposed to be more come this January. And I was supposed to be on some fictitious mysterious list waiting for a line. So when I read this, I as so glad that I really don't have them in my life.
  17. Thanks arroyos, that is what I'd been hearing. I work in GDL and have lived there in the past so should be able to find that office. I would love to know where it is located in GDL. Thank you, Sonia. I will check to see if I have one in the system, and if not, I'll go to INM. I appreciate all the help given. Still hope someone knows the address where you get the cards in GDL. A friend of mine, rest his soul, got his there in GDL, and he just handed a little mordida to get it right away. if that what it takes, that's what I'd do since I wouldn't want to be going to GDL during the week more than once for that. Location of INAPAM office in GDL anyone?
  18. gee thanks, rv. hope life is tucson is good. I don't see anything labeled CURP on the card, only NUE and No. on back of card, but I'll go ask the nice people at INM tomorrow
  19. I realize the CURP and INAPAM are two different things. I will check at INM about the CURP. I was told in the phone call to LCS tyhat they sell the forms there. She stated it at least three times, but I didn't inquire to how much since i see no need to buy a form. Many people said in the past on old threads, that they at DIF were turning people away since they didn't have the materials to make the cards. I am wondering if this is still how it is.and if so, where is the place to go to accomplish this in GDL. Thanks. I know what it is FOR, looking for process and people's experiences with that in Chapala vs GDL.
  20. I read an old thread, and then called LCS to check if anything was scheduled to apply for INAPAM. They said they "sell" the applications but other than that, nothing is scheduled. I plan to go to DIF in Chapala. From reading past threads, it seemed there was controversy on the CURP necessity. I just received my RT-with permission to work. Does that give you a CURP? Need to know how to get one, and what else it might be good for. Thanks in advance for input. I go to the city to work, and the savings on Chapala Plus buses would help.
  21. I don't think it is a bad thing to have DUI checkpoints. I'm not a big drinker, but I do feel it is imperative to take it all seriously. Walk to a nearby restaurant if you can, or take a cab would be solutions I would use. I am seriously concerned about being on the carretera and encountering an impaired driver. The roads are like a three ring circus without adding alcohol. It seems very much on overkill that ya can't have just 1, but since that's the way it is now, I clearly won't be having that occasional "one". In the last month I had my car impounded twice. One was sketchy and controversial, the other clearly my fault due to parking in a restricted zone in pouring rain in the dark. Point is, when you are dealing with authorities, they own you. This is what I experienced. It is no joke. I played the game well enough thanks to my functional Spanish. I pity those who don't have the language. When you have the language you get more respect, IMO. So my comment for the lady who talked her way out of jail with her language skills is "good job, mujer!" I would have done the same. I have worked in prisons in my career as a counselor. One thing I must say is that while no hotel, in the USA you do have sanitation, toilet paper, and food and water. Absense of this is a health disaster waiting to happen and IMO is barbaric and inhumane. Regardless of the crime. And here, you really have no rights. You are at their mercy. So because I like it here, I play a tighter game and lay much lower overall.
  22. I was there at the ADUANA-SAT filing car papers last Friday and really worried it would be a fiasco with blockades. Nothing. This was between 1 and 3pm.
  23. I used to live in Tlaquepaque, and once I wrote a little essay about how one could not find an excellent cup of coffee around there early on Sunday morning. Things don't get rolling until say 9, maybe 10.
  24. Computer Guy. I agree with you 100%. Alot of gringos that live down here are looking for "Little America". They could care less about blending with the culture in a culinary sense, or any other sense that makes sense. So they are looking for fast food as we knew it in the Excited States. You also have to realize that some gringos without Spanish would do a circus act to not have to talk to a Mexican.They don't want to go to San Antonio and try the tacos because they might have to memorize/practice a simple line to order something. Not prejudiced thing. It's just that the language overwhelms them. See it all the time. Gringolandia is a fascinating anthropological study.
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