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Driving in Other States, Canada, and Mexico

A Texas automobile insurance policy usually meets the financial responsibility requirements of other U.S. states and Canada. Mexico, however, does not recognize U.S. auto liability policies.

Mexican authorities can hold drivers criminally and financially responsible for any auto accidents they cause. If you're in an accident that results in an injury, police may detain you until they determine who is at fault. You will have to show that you either have insurance recognized by the Mexican government or the financial ability to pay any judgment against you. You might not be allowed to leave the country until your financial obligations are met.

Some U.S. companies provide a free endorsement extending your policy's coverage to infrequent trips of up to 10 days and as far as 25 miles into Mexico. You can buy coverage for longer stays, but it is usually valid only within 25 miles of the border. In addition, these endorsements might not meet Mexican legal requirements. You can buy Mexican liability insurance from Texas agents who specialize in it. Check your phone book for listings of insurance agents who specialize in auto insurance for travel in Mexico. Your local agent also might be able to help you find coverage with a Texas-licensed Mexican company.

You may be able to buy a Mexico "tourist" endorsement for your U.S. policy. This endorsement extends your liability coverage to pay costs exceeding a Mexican liability policy's limits. It covers trips of any distance and any length of time. Ask your agent which endorsements your insurance company offers.

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Last updated: 10/07/2015



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