Why Are There So Many South Dakota Tags in Mexico? (VIDEO)

In this video, I talk about why there are so many cars and RVs with South Dakota license plates in Mexico. I also share how you can get your own set of South Dakota license plates, even if you’ve never set foot in South Dakota.

Links mentioned in the video:
Clay County SD Title application:

Mailing Address for Clay County SD Treasurer:
Clay County Treasurer
211 W Main St, Ste 201
Vermillion, SD 57069

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Qroo Paul
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 (qroo.us) to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

7 Comments on "Why Are There So Many South Dakota Tags in Mexico? (VIDEO)"

  1. So, if I understand you correctly, the main reason people would buy SD plates is because they do not require a safety inspection sticker and that they do not expire. Is that correct?

    • They do expire. They need to be renewed. There are a few reasons. I am posting a follow -up video now.

  2. Do you have a video that talks about how to get a US driver’s license if you no longer have an address in the US? We have Mexican licenses, but don’t really want to lose our US licenses when they expire.

    • If you spend 24 hours in South Dakota and get a virtual mailbox there, you can get a license there. Otherwise, you might have to use a relative’s address.

  3. Deb Vanderpool | September 22, 2021 at 10:42 am |

    This is what we did when we drove to Mexico in our “RV”/shuttle bus last year. Super easy!!!

  4. Paul,
    Thanks for the informative video on obtaining SD plates. When we had our place in Baja Sur, there were a lot of these, and there was RE agent who would help obtain the plates.

    A MC riding friend told me that Arizona has a similar, easy way to get the plates. This is another reason for SD plates; if you have a MC that’s off-road only, you can get plates for the bike from SD or AZ, and be able to ride on or off hiway.

  5. Danael (Dani) Osewalt | October 18, 2021 at 3:18 pm |

    Hi Paul

    Can you resend your post about a document that could help us “Get out of paying a moving violation”!


    Dani & Rick

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