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Driving to Mexico from California: Travel Checklist

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If you’re planning on driving to Mexico from California for the first time, it’s important to be prepared. Remember that while essentials like itineraries, maps, identification, etc. should be on your checklist, one of the most important necessities while driving in Mexico is Car Insurance. In case you didn’t know, you are required to have Mexico Auto Insurance to legally drive in the country. This is because the Mexican government does not recognize U.S. Auto Insurance. We’ll talk about this more below and also help ensure that you don’t forget anything else you may need while driving to Mexico.

Mexico Travel Checklist

Mexico Auto Insurance. In addition to the minimum Liability Insurance coverage on a Mexico Car Insurance policy, you can also add Comprehensive coverage. This may provide you with better protection and peace of mind. Additionally, this type of policy can be short-term or long-term, depending on the length of your trip.

driving to mexico vehicle permit mapMexico Vehicle Permit. If you plan to drive onto the Mexican mainland, you will need a Mexico vehicle permit. You do not need a permit if you only plan to travel within Baja Mexico and the Free Trade Zone.

Passport. As of January 2007, you need a passport to get back into the United States from Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. A valid driver’s license is not enough, so have your passport handy. If you do not have a passport, you can inquire for one at your local U.S. Post Office.

Proof of Ownership. Are you are planning on towing a motorcycle or ATV behind your car? Then, you must be able to show ownership of that vehicle before bringing it into Mexico. Make sure you bring state registration information or other ownership documents with you.

Prepaid Phone or SIM Card. It’s a good idea to keep a cell phone on you for emergencies. Because international calling fees can be expensive, it’s often a better idea to buy a prepaid phone or SIM card for your trip.

Roadside Emergency Kit. Have an emergency kit with you wherever you go, just in case something happens while you’re driving to Mexico through unknown desert areas and on unfamiliar roads. Your kit should include a cell phone charger, water, blankets, non-perishable food, jumper cables, first-aid kit and a flashlight with spare batteries.

Speak with a Specialist

Do you want more information about Mexico Auto Insurance and what it covers? Call (855) 919-4247 to speak with an Insurance Specialist today. We can assist you in determining what coverages are right for you and your budget. We can also find you the lowest insurance rate so you can keep your trip to Mexico affordable.


The above information may be incomplete depending on your home state. This content is offered for educational purposes only. The definitions, terms and coverages in a given policy may be different than those suggested here. Such policy will be governed by the language contained therein. No warranty or appropriateness for a specific purpose is expressed or implied.