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Old 11-15-2012, 02:37 PM   #16
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Do you actually play picc?? Or are you referring to my screen name?
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #17
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Before Bob Ross branched into art, he sold "Play Piccolo at Home" kits.

I bought one of those.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:37 PM   #18
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:06 AM   #19
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Here is a LINK to a video of my last performance with the piccolo
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:17 AM   #20
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Where to get FMM and pay DNI

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Here is a LINK to a video of my last performance with the piccolo
Wow, not one wrong note.

Do understand correctly that one gets the FMM at the immigration office, but pays the DNI at the bank? If I enter on Jan 1st, chances are the bank will be closed. Could I, theoretically run down to Nogales (not far from Tucson) and get paperwork and fee taken care of in advance if I wanted, rather than spending my limited Baja time chasing down an open bank? Or do I have to get the FMM at the time and place (probably Mexicali) I'm entering?
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:18 AM   #21
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The "bank" (depending on where you cross) is actually just a different office in the same building. You'll also need to get some copies made after you get your permit, before you can get the TVIP. Agua Prieta is easy because you can get everything done right at the border crossing and everything is right there in one building - all within about ten feet of each other. I haven't done the paperwork anywhere else so I don't know what Nogales is like. You can get it done anytime, it doesn't have to be when you're entering for your trip, and if you get it for 180 days you can then come and go anytime you want until the 180 days is up - just make sure you go back to cancel the TVIP before it expires.

I found the whole process to be quite easy, the only hard part being that I don't speak any Spanish. There was one guy there in one of the offices who spoke a little English and that helped. Other than that I just handed people what I thought they needed and smiled a lot. Even with the language barrier the whole process was fairly quick and easy.
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In regards to license if asked by a cop, I always make 3 or 4 clean front and back copies, cut and put them together and have them laminated. I've never had a problem giving them one of these. The policia sometimes like to say they'll hold your license looking for a little "modida".
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #23
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Thanks for everyone's info/experiences. It's odd - so far I have not been able to find any "official" documentation of all the various rules in one place. Not at the consulate, not in the travel info booklet handed out by consulate, not on Mexican gov't websites. I may be missing it (I speak some Spanish, but translating gov't webpages is slow going for me.) but it certainly would be comforting to have an official list in hand before making the trip.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:39 PM   #24
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Don't over-think it. Just take a ride down and get it done.

Here's what I took with me when I went to get my permits:
Driver’s license
Passport
Photo copy of passport and driver’s license on one sheet of paper
Vehicle title and registration, and copies of each
Credit card for payment
The first time you ride into Mexico you'll probably be nervous until you get into the country a little ways and get past your first couple of military checkpoints, then you'll be grinning from ear to ear the rest of the trip.

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:02 PM   #25
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Drivers license not required for either TVIP or tourist card.

Only need one of either bike title or state registration - your choice

Credit card is fine but call the bank to help prevent card being rejected for "foreign" charge. Have cash as a back up (technique only)
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:49 PM   #26
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Mexican rules?

One thing I've learned about Mexico in the 35 years I've been going there. Sometimes there are no rules. And...if there is a written set of rules...they can change over night and nobody gets the memo..or they can be different from state to state, even from border crossing to border crossing...or they can be interpreted in many different and creative ways.

Like what Kobukan said..."don't over think it." Just go and have fun.

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:50 PM   #27
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Yep. I've done my due diligence.
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