How to Travel to Mexico and Canada by Car

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State jointly created the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a system designed to help the government keep a close eye on who crosses the U.S. borders.


A valid passport is required for all US Citizens entering Mexico. When traveling by land, the same applies. Everyone has to have a passport.

In addition, you need a  permit called the Forma Migratoria Múltiple or FMM. Issued by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Migración, the permit may be obtained by applying at the official government website. Your car’s registration should be on hand as well. Mexico also has another permit requirement to travel the country. Fees run in hundreds of dollars depending on the age of the car.



All US citizens must present a passport or passport card.

There are no vehicle requirements.

For more information, go to the State Department’s travel site. 

Just a quick note; Passport cards are only good for travel by land or sea. If you had to fly to either Canada or Mexico a passport book would be needed. So consider getting a passport book.


How to Travel to Mexico and Canada by Car




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