Get your D.L. right here!

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IF YOU WANT a Mexican driver’s license, the State of Guerrero is the place to go. And you don’t have to go there in person. For a price, they’ll send you a real driver’s license, no test required. And the price will be lower than the cost in the state where you live.

I found the above on Facebook, a page where people advertise things for sale.

Also, the State of Guerrero will sell you a car license plate, quite legally, it seems, and it will cost less than paying for plates in the state where you live. A nephew of ours has a Guerrero license plate on his car. He’s never set foot in Guerrero.

Just one fresh example of the Alice’s Wonderland that is living in Mexico.

25 thoughts on “Get your D.L. right here!

    1. Ms. Shoes: Might be old news for you, but not for me. Not for most readers here either, I wager. I knew about the license plate opportunities because of my nephew, but not the drivers’ licenses. And I am unaware of South Dakota plates, but those South Dakotans are slippery people, from what I’ve read.

      The nephew, however, has abandoned the Guerrero car plates and now has plates from our fair state, according to my wife. He told her the Guerrero plates had become a problem. For some reason, she did not ask for details. I would have asked for details. Color me curious.

      So, DLs are available on Mercado Libre too? Funny.

      So the next time you’re driving down the autopista and some nincompoop comes barreling around a corner, passing a semi truck, right in your lane, know he probably bought his driver’s license online. ¡Viva México!

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    2. I was just about to write about the South Dakota plates that punctuate our highways here. The cars usually driven by people who think the capital might be Springfield or Cheyenne.

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      1. Señor Cotton: Just another example of the differences between your corner of Mexico and mine. I never see South Dakota plates here that I recall. Don’t see many Gringo plates at all since the rules changed a few years back. Before then, ancient, expired Gringo plates were quite common. Always struck me as silly that Mexico permitted that. At last, Mexico came over to my way of thinking.

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        1. Outdated northern plates are quite common here. Often driven by Mexican citizens. Sometimes, we tend to be the Wild West of Mexico — even though Baja claims that title for itself.

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    3. And then there is the huge black market for Social Security numbers for undocumented workers in the U.S. Cost varies but on the cheap end it is several hundred dollars. Money enters the SS coffers under these account numbers but is never paid out to the account of that number. They go into the Earnings Suspense File at the SSA. Billions enter the ESF each year. Helps maintain SS solvency. Very convenient.

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      1. Gerard: You’re a hoot. So, to your way of thinking, illegal aliens (and that’s the preferred term on the Moon) are actually helping the U.S. Treasury!

        Well, Hell’s Bells, we should get more illegals, and the U.S. deficit will go down! A spectacularly wonderful plan.

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        1. You sure make a lot of assumptions. The money doesn’t go into the U.S. Treasury to start with. It goes into the SS trust fund. And the amount is quite substantial. I have read that is more than 1.5 trillion smackaroos! Money that is destined for legitimate Social Security beneficiaries like you.

          The point of my previous post was solely to show that no country has a monopoly on corruption. And the governments of all can “hacerse la vista gorda” when it is convenient.

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  1. So do you think you could get a foreign, e.g., initially US-plated, car easily naturalized in Guerrero? I’d seriously be interested if I could do such a thing. And maybe a Mexican DL wouldn’t hurt either.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where the bureaucracy shudders at the mention of this blog post.

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    1. Kim: I imagine about all it takes to get Guerrero plates and DL is to send the appropriate amount of cash.

      But I recommend living legally down here. Too many people already do the contrary.

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  2. I still see a few S.D. plates and a few two- to four-year-old northern plates around lakeside. Getting your license online would save the time to drive to Guadalajara and get in line. Although I hear there is going to be an office in Chapala soon. How soon is soon? That is the question.

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    1. Kirk: As I previously mentioned, expired, foreign plates have mostly vanished from my area. That is good. Getting plates and DL are far easier now than about a decade back. The annual window sticker that shows one has paid the tax is very easy. Just print the form online, take it to a bank, and the bank gives you the sticker. Not just bank, but other businesses also provide the sticker.

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  3. Felipe: Oaxaca was ground zero for Texas plates. I knew lots of Gringos who were second or third owners of Texas-plated cars. When they eventually got sold on to Mexicans, the plates remained, because they didn’t have to be renewed. I had a friend who painted his own plate for a Vespa.

    The only test I had to get my Oaxaca driver’s license was a blood test, and I studied for weeks. I must have passed, because they gave me the license. I had to pay a 200-peso mordida to get it that day. Even though they print and laminate them before your eyes, the lovely woman told me that if I didn’t pay, I would have to wait at least a month. Who knows how long a Mexican month is, considering mañana is anything from tomorrow to never.

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    1. Kris: You studied for weeks for your driver’s license test? That’s a hoot. I got my first Mexican DL in 2000, and there was a test in Spanish. I didn’t speak much Spanish at that time, but I passed it. I’ve since renewed my license a time or two. Never had to take another test. There was a very cursory “physical exam” last time.

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      1. Felipe: Get a grip man! Studied for weeks for my blood test! I read somewhere that 50% of the Federales don’t have a license. A friend was t-boned by the wife of a judge who drove through a stop sign. He spent a few days in jail until he got the money to pay for her car. She had no license or insurance. His insurance denied her claim, but paid for his car. He since hired a full-time driver who coincidentally is also a municipal judge.

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        1. Kris: I passed my blood test without studying for one nanosecond. So there!

          As for the other stuff, it just goes to prove even more than Mexican life is like Alice’s Wonderland. Never a dull or logical moment.

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  4. Full-time RVers must establish residency somewhere for legal reasons. South Dakota is popular because it allows residency to be established through a mail forwarding service, and there is no state income tax.

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