Can a US citizen immigrate to Mexico and be a trucker?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by helurrr, Jun 9, 2024.

  1. helurrr

    helurrr Bobtail Member

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    Hello I've been door dashing for 4 years, and just landed a job as an amazon van delivery driver. I've been a helper for DOT amazon delivery drivers for a couple weeks and will start driving a van this week finally. I plan to work my way up to becoming a DOT driver where I'll be driving a big DOT box truck with air brakes.

    But I learned of an opportunity from amazon semi-truck drivers where I can go to a trucking school and earn a CDL and get training to become a driver that operates those bigger 18 wheeler semi trucks. ...But I'm preparing to immigrate to Mexico from the USA in a year or two and I don't want to put in the work to learn a whole new trade if I can't use that trade in Mexico.

    Currently, my plan to support myself financially when I go to Mexico, is to earn an online certificate for TESL (teaching english as a second language). After that I will develop an online, remote career so that I'm making 1,000-1,200 USD/month (minimum) and THEN immigrate to Mexico because that's all the money I really need to support myself down there.

    But I'm also considering going to a trucking school, so I can have a second skill set to take with me. But I have no idea what laws are like for working for a Mexican company as an immigrant from the USA. I don't even know how to search for info about it so I'm making this post here. Just trying to find out if getting into trucking school is a bad idea or a good one, considering what I'm wanting to do with my life. I've been studying spanish since January and after I get a TESL career going, finishing the task of learning spanish will be the final thing to keep me from making the big move.

    Thanks for any info yall can provide on this.
     
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  3. MSWS

    MSWS Medium Load Member

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    I've never been to Mexico but I have been to Colombia several times. Assuming they're similar in this regard, my advice would be to forget that idea completely. Have you ever been to Mexico? If so, did you travel out of the major cities at all? Latin America is kind of the reverse of America when it comes to safety. Here, the vast majority of space is safe with pockets of danger zones spread around. There, the vast majority of space is dangerous with little islands of "relative" safety spread around.
     
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  4. snicrep

    snicrep Medium Load Member

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    Huh? What?. You may have to deal with a cartel in one way or another. Do you have people down there?
     
  5. helurrr

    helurrr Bobtail Member

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    I lived in Jalisco for nearly a year in Zapopan which is next to Guadalajara. But never actually been on any road trips in Mexico.
     
  6. helurrr

    helurrr Bobtail Member

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    It's probably a bad idea but don't want to pass up an opportunity to learn a new trade without doing some level of research so that it is an informed decision. I really don't know what to believe about the cartel thing. But from what I can tell every country in the world has an organized crime problem. For example the USA has the biggest sex trafficking industry in the world, and has mafias that represent so many different countries, and that doesn't even include local organized crime and all the gazillion gangs the USA has.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Amazon is in Mexico; maybe transfer there from the USA.
     
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Have you considered being a seaman on a cruise ship?
    Some of those travel the world.
    There's even an EV electric cruise ship; here's the photo:
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    This one is not electric:
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  9. MSWS

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    Trucking in the U.S. is fine. Trucking in a developing nation is another story. Northern Mexico is cartel country. Southern Mexico is jungle. Driving through either is dangerous enough without a trailer full of valuable items screaming rob me. Driving in a major city will likely be pickup/delivery. You will never be able to work as long or as hard as a poor Mexican trying to put food on the table.
     
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  10. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    If you don't maintain a US driver's license you are going to have a problem for the first year if you come back to the US. US insurance companies are not wanting to insure someone without having a US DL for the last 12 months, not just 12 months at some time in the past. I don't know Mexican laws. I wouldn't drive a truck in Mexico for all the gold in the world. You can use a search engine and ask "can americans get a mexican truck driver license." If your plan doesn't work and you come back to the USA you may have a hard time getting car insurance in the US because your last 12 months driving wasn't with a US DL. Trucking companies are not hiring everyone that walks through the door right now. Not many good companies will take a chance on a newbie their insurance company won't insure.
     
  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    You want to know an answer, but you don't want the answer enough to type it into a search engine?
     
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