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8/9/2018 14:55 EST

I have a Texas car that I have been using in Mexico but I have not bothered with registering it every year in Texas. I want to drive it back and sell it. What do I need to do at the border and beyond?

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From: Mexico
8/9/2018 16:48 EST

Well, first: Your car is illegal without current registration in its home jurisdiction. So far, you have escaped any problems, but If an accident happens, your insurance will probably not be valid.
You may cross the border, as customs and immigration are only interested in you owning the car. However, some Texas counties are particularly vigilant, looking for exactly your situation; no registration and no current inspection.
So, you might want cross your fingers and toes, as you drive to the nearest inspection station in Texas. Then, walk to the nearest inbsurance office, and take the policy to DMV and register your car.
Oops! Do you still have a Texas address? One that is not a mail drop?
Suggestion #2: Call Clay County, SD Treasurer's office. They will tell you what it will cost to title the car in SD. It can be done by mail, and will take a couple of weeks, if you have a SS# and a US address to receive the SD plates and title, then get them delivered to you. If that is done, you can buy US insurance online. You can then sell the car in Texas, or any other US state.
Yes, you should have kept your registration current...........

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8/9/2018 19:36 EST

Just drive it up to TX, get a 30 day insurance policy and then sell the car. Let the new owner register it. Easy peasy.

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