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Re: Clay County South Dakota vehicle registration for vehicles in Mexico

Posted by Jon on November 23, 2009, 4:56 pm, in reply to "Re: Clay County South Dakota vehicle registration for vehicles in Mexico"

Like many many people who have spent time on Lake Chapala, I have South Dakota plates too. I have renewed three times, the last two giving them (in writing) a Mexcian Post Office Box number for the address. No problem. When I first applied, I had a service similar to Mailboxes etc. with a Laredo address, but a neighbor of ours on Lake Chapala (where we still have a house for a few months a year) applied by phone and mail and had his plates, registration and Title mailed directly to his PO Box in Ajijic. I would suggest that you call and ask them. I decided, like David (who I think may have gotten his information from me) to be totally honest and straight forward with them. I told them that I live in Mexico and want to be legal when I visit the US. No problem. If they have changed things and insist on a US address, give them the address of a friend or family member who will send the materials along to you in Mexico. There have been rumors around Chapala that the Office of Homeland Security is putting thumbscrews on about this kind of practice. Also note that you must do this through the Clay County Treasurer's Office, NOT through DMV. You will almost certainly receive less than a year's registration the first time, since renewal dates depend on the last digit of your new plates. Be assured though, that the first two digits of you new plates will be 19. The number stands for Clay County. Good luck!

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