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Baja California car insurance mandatory


Make sure your driver’s license is current. Any current license from America or Canada will do. Make sure you haven’t overlooked the expiration date.

In Mexicali, about half the cars have California plates – even though they are owned by Mexicans. Here, there is no control over the importation of your car, as many people from Mexicali work across the border in the Calexico / El Centro area.

Crossing the border into Mexico is fast and easy. We have crossed into Mexicali dozens of times, and have been stopped only once. Yes, we had quite a bit of stuff with us that we had just bought in the States. The Mexican border guard took a very quick look, and motioned us on in to Mexico—no problem at all!

Baja Californian legislators on May 31, 2011 approved a law requiring anyone driving in the Mexican state to have car insurance valid in Mexico, thereby potentially bringing a boost in business for area Mexican car insurance agencies.

Mexican car insurance can be bought on a 24-hour basis to a full year and starts at $15 a day for basic coverage. Per year, Mexican car insurance costs around $240.00.

While each county in the Mexican state can decide how strictly it wants to enforce the new law, first-time offenders driving without car insurance will be given a verbal warning, and citations will be given the second time.

Since there will be many Baja California drivers who cannot afford car insurance there will be a lot of uninsured vehicles on the road in Baja California.

Remember, if you have an accident in Baja California, and your insurance cannot pay bail – you go to jail.

Here is where we get our car insurance for Mexico. It’s in Calexico, on the west side of the road which leads to the border.

Crossing the border from Mexicali to the States is “a horse of another color,” one of Jim’s favorite expressions. At the border crossing into the States, there is a long line of cars—and it takes about an hour and a half to get through. The border guards are OK. It’s just that they’ve got to look at everyone’s passport, or visa, and that takes time. Sometimes, they will give a vehicle a thorough going over, and, more than once, we have seen vehicles pulled over to a special area where they keep the sniffer dogs. So, be careful with what you bring into the States —no illegal stuff, and you’ll be A-OK (another of Jim’s favorite expressions).

After we had lived in Mexicali for over a year, we finally wised up. While we were slowly inching forward in our truck on our way back to Calexico, we noticed that there was a special lane where cars heading for the border went speeding by. That lane is called the SENTRI lane, and you need a special SENTRI pass to use it. Being us, we figured you had to be pretty important to get one of those passes.

On day Jim was fooling around on the computer and he found a site where you could apply for a Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) pass. We applied, and in no time we had our own SENTRI passes—one for me and one for Jim and with a sticker on the truck windshield. The cost was $195 and that was for five whole years. “Wow, $195 for five years—where we been all our lives?” said Jim.

Now, Jim and I can can be in Calexico in 10 minutes flat. We can go to the movies, McDonalds—all sorts of things. We got the best of both worlds!!!

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