A Canadian citizen attempted to drive a US-plated car from Canada to US (with permission of the US citizen-owner of the vehicle) and was stopped by Canadian and US immigration officials, citing that a Canadian citizen is not permitted to drive a US-plated vehicle in Canada. They were not permitted to enter the US, and they were told that a notation would be made in their passport "file" that they attempted to drive a US-plated car from Canada to US. What issues could that cause in the future when/if this person wants to enter the US (properly and legally), driving a Canada-plated vehicle or travel by air?
Thanks for a response.
Of which country is this person a resident? I can find no law that prohibits a Canadian resident from "driving" a U.S. plated vehicle in Canada. The Customs Act prohibits a Canadian resident from "using" a non-resident's car in Canada if duties have not been paid, but it appears it would be the owner of the vehicle who is in violation of the Customs Act, not the driver. All U-Haul trucks have U.S. plates, even the ones in Canada. The issue is not where the plates are from, but whether or not duties have been paid.
US CBP is able to take into consideration a wide range of factors in determining your admissibility to the U.S. They may think that driving a U.S. plated car into the U.S. is some kind of indication that you are not being honest about your intentions or that you are illegally living in the U.S. Still, I doubt it is illegal per se for a Canadian resident to drive a U.S. plated vehicle into the U.S. I have done it a few times actually w/o a problem, much different circumstances however.
What happened to the car?