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links18
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« on: May 31, 2007, 09:41:09 am »

Hello all,

I just wanted to relay my experience driving a U.S. plated rental car into Canada as a landed permanent resident, as I know there is some confusion about this. I landed in February, but returned to the U.S. in preparation to move in September. I made a trip up to Canada last weekend via rental car to meet with a real estate agent. About an hour from the border, I remembered the issue of driving a U.S. car in Canada as a PR and thought there may be a problem crossing, so I called the border and asked. There response was that even though I am a landed permanent resident in Canada, I can still drive a U.S. plated car into the country as long as I have not "established a residence in Canada." In other words, if the answer to the question "Where do you live?" is still somewhere in the United States, you can drive a U.S. plated car in Canada. I subsequently arrived at the border and had no problems entering with the car. This is just my personal expeirence, but I thought others might benefit.

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jimberan
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2007, 07:34:55 am »

Thanks a lot for sharing that information and your experiences with the rest of us at the Canada Visa forum.
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2007, 12:10:42 pm »

I can't find anything relating to driving a foreign plated car OTHER than a USA plated one. Here is my situation:
1) Canadian citizen
2) part time resident of Mexico, officially my residence is Canada
3) want to go to Canada for a few months, driving a Mexican plated car

- I know I have to insure it for driving through the USA and in Canada
- this car is registered in my husband's name but he won't be with me
- is there a time limit as to how long I can have the car with me in Canada? I am planning on being there for 2 or 3 months, then driving back to Mexico.

Hope you can help. Don't want to drive all the way to the CDN border then have problems. thanks
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007, 08:59:49 am »

Sounds like that will be a problem, unless you plan to import the car. What I learned is that it depends on your place of residence. If your residence is in Canada, you cannot drive a foreign plated car in Canada, unless you plan to import it. If your place of residence was in Mexico then that might be a different story, although there are likely an entire host of insurance issues involved. Where is your drivers' liscence from?
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2007, 09:32:57 am »

sally

In addition to insurance for both countries, you should also have a notarized letter from your husband giving you permission to drive his car in Canada & the U.S. with the dates of your trip specified.

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2007, 04:22:21 pm »

Hello, Im an International Student, with a permanent residence of the U.S.  i will be done with my studies in december, but im planning to purchase a car from the u.s.  am i allow to drive my new car in canada while i finish my studies here in canada???

I know that residents of canada are not allow to drive u.s. plated cars in canada, but im not a resident, im an international student, i have no right here to work, i only can study.  but they told me that international students are considered residents, so this is confuisng cuase i do not have many of the rights that the residents have, such as working, social insurance number and probably many more rights, like paying cheaper tuitions etc...  my driver license is from the u.s. and i definately have no plans of staying in canada after im done with my studies. 

also, they also told me that one of the reasons residents arnt allowed to drive u.s. plated cars in canada is because they could sell them.  but even if someone wants to sell a u.s. plated car in canada they have to first get the plates of the province of where they are residing therefore going through all the importation procedures.

thank you,
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