Watch Out for the National Guard When Driving in Mexico (VIDEO)

A short video sharing some info about Mexico’s “fairly new” National Guard.

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Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

22 Comments on "Watch Out for the National Guard When Driving in Mexico (VIDEO)"

  1. So what did they do with all those blue cars, I wouldn´t mind having one.

    • They repainted the fleet white and turned them into National Guard vehicles.

      • SHAZAM !!

        • Michèle Favarger | July 23, 2021 at 11:36 am |

          Is it still a good idea to make Black and white copies of your IDs in case you get stopped? (Residencia temporal and passport)?

          • I just carry photos of them but black and white photos are better than nothing. There is nothing in the law that requires us to carry them, actually. That’s a topic for another video. 🙂

  2. Dully Noted. Great video and thank you for the advice. I try to stay close to the speed limit, but we all know how driving in Mexico can be.
    On another note, I use to work in an industry where heat illness was a common thing. I had to train people how to dress and how to drink and what to drink and how much to drink to stay alive, healthy, active and full of energy. I know they are young, healthy and trained, but unless those guardias are taking frequent AC breaks that’s no way to dress. Worse colors are dark. Look up the definition of a “black body”. The perfect absorber of radiation (Heat).
    I never understood why police and others choose black or dark blue as their colors, unless they are working in winter or at night. The old khaki color police use to wear (Andy Griffith) and sometimes still do wear, makes much more sense.

  3. Wow, Paul! Thanks! I’ve been noticing lots of brand new National Guard uniforms, and seeing them all over the place near Puerto Vallarta, and guessed they were there as an expanded deterrent to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Thanks for saving us some tickets! So the old version of the Federales is no more ? It gets more bizarre around here all the time!

    -John Ramm

    • You may still see an old federal vehicle here and there but it’s only because they haven’t been repainted….yet.

  4. Linda M Fletcher | July 23, 2021 at 9:34 am |

    Your blogs are great. Been with you since you first started out. Question: This new Visitax does not apply to Permanent Residents right? . . . shouldn’t, as is the tax airllines automatically include for tourists on your ticket which we shouldn’t have to pay. I think it is for the temporary Visa for tourists coming and going. Is there a way to get out of this added charge for residents?

    • The new Visitax does not apply to residents of Quintana Roo. It is not automatically added to the plane tickets at this time. Folks can choose to pay it online before they come, as they arrive or just before they leave. Just carry proof that you’re a resident of Qroo if asked at the airport when departing and you’ll be fine. We flew back to the States last week and no one was asking anyone for proof it was paid. With all the COVID paperwork required, it was the last thing on anyone’s minds. 🙂

  5. Linda Southwick | July 23, 2021 at 9:36 am |

    Thanks for the update on the National Guard. The traffic has gotten even worse and speeding has become the norm! Move over or get run over!

  6. Geoff Braun | July 23, 2021 at 10:02 am |

    Prior to the GN, I believe radar was restricted to the PF and could only be used on federal highways. Are you aware of any restrictions on the GN? (Like you, I have seen the GN using radar and giving citations on federal highways and doing inspections elsewhere.)

    • The law says that they have the authority to give fines for traffic violations on federal highways and bridges, but it also says they can assist local authorities and other federal entities with law enforcement functions, so I’m sure they can argue they can do it anywhere.

      • Geoff Braun | July 26, 2021 at 12:47 pm |

        I’ll let you know if I see them with radar on a state highway. BTW, I’ve seen them stopping light trucks with unsafe loads on the state highway near my home in Gto, which is a good use of their resources.

  7. Michael Burrill | July 23, 2021 at 10:09 am |

    I live in the north. They usually ask for my paperwork for my truck. I didn’t know that they were the police I passed one on the freeway yesterday. He was going slow. I was going 60 mph. Another great video

  8. Are the new guard as likely to take a bribe as the federales were?

    • There have been a few corruption stories here and there. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if they are better at policing themselves and getting rid of any bad apples.

  9. Covidcertificate no luck on internet had both shots. Anywhere to go in person to get a certificate?

  10. I have made b/w copies of my visa and it was not accepted at my bank. I do not know whether in other situations they are acceptable. I carry a “phony” wallet with these b/w documents in it with a few pesos. I figure that it’s safer than relinquishing the originals. I’m in Queretaro, far from you Paul, and we feel very “protected “ by local law enforcement. BUT, when driving to a far away destination I always respect speed limits! Your suggestion that I printed re: tourists getting a little consideration when being stopped on national roads was a comfort and fortunately I never used it, but it would be a great addendum to this informative video. Thank you for what you do, Paul. Most appreciated

  11. Thank you for this information I did not know this

  12. Dulcey Branch | August 15, 2021 at 11:25 am |

    I have a picture of my Residente Permanente on my phone just in case because I don’t carry something that important on me. 5 days ago I returned to Mexico after 6 months in the USA with my mother recovering from COVID and I blew past a National Guard car. Good news is that it was on a curve in the road, so I was driving slowly. Nice!!!

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