5 Reasons People Put South Dakota Plates on the Vehicles They Take to Mexico

This is a follow-up video from the one I posted yesterday.

If you want to know how to register your car in South Dakota by mail, check it out:


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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.

10 Comments on "5 Reasons People Put South Dakota Plates on the Vehicles They Take to Mexico"

  1. steve neal trav'lin Gpa | September 23, 2021 at 7:34 am |

    Unfortunately, in Texas, if you have a Tx DL, you are REQUIRED to register ANY vehicle you own and drive in the county in which you LIVE within (I think 10, maybe 30) days of moving to Texas. You might try SD plates till you get caught, but Texas wants your registration MONEY, even if the car was recently registered in another state.

  2. Paul,

    This bit me big time when I lived in Fllorida. I called my Insurance company at the time and told them that I was going to Mexico for an extended period and didn’t need Florida insurance and I still lived in Florida. I received a nasty letter from Florida exactly what you said about cancelling my registration and drivers license. So I called my insurance company to reinstate my policy which they did and it resolved the issue. My reccommendation is that you change your coverage to the basic minimum required by your state while out of the country and then as you are returning put your coverage back to what you had originally. I don’t get the cancel you drivers license, because if you don’t have a car you can still be able to drive someone elses car. Now a permanent resident in Mexico w/ a Mexican plated car.

  3. The video is for plating in Mexico, not a suggestion for other states usage. We have SD plates on our car in San Jose del Cabo. The system is so user friendly, we have Mexican auto insurance with full coverage, including towing for around $200 USD annually. As always, great information!

  4. May be easier to buy car and register it in Mexico if you are going to leave car in Mexico.

  5. The only thing I didn’t hear was what does Mexican law say about PR and nationalized people driving a SD plated car.

  6. Don’t change your name it’s great!

  7. Greetings, as fellow ex-pats in Mexico we see absolutely Positively nothing wrong with using an accurate term to describe us. Please please please do not give in to the censoring and speech control faction out there. Ex Pat is accurate and correct and has absolutely no racial, gender, age, status connected to it. It is a simple innocuous term. Keep up the great work!

  8. Question: for those who have their vehicles registered in South Dakota and are living in Mexico, specifically on the border what do you do about us vehicle insurance? The Mexico insurance is easy to obtain, but I am running into issues with finding insurance in the states for when the vehicle is being driven on US roads.

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