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Old 03-04-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
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Question Requirements to ride the US

Hi guys, is there any european that rode the US with a european plated bike which could be able to tell me if at the border custom asked for:

international driving licence
carnet de passage
motorcycle insurance specific for the US

I get the feeling entering the US is not as easy as the the rest of the counties I rode into but if someone went there and could share an experience, that might help.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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Hi guys, is there any european that rode the US with a european plated bike which could be able to tell me if at the border custom asked for:

international driving licence
carnet de passage
motorcycle insurance specific for the US

I get the feeling entering the US is not as easy as the the rest of the counties I rode into but if someone went there and could share an experience, that might help.

Cheers

Gionata Nencini

Hey Buddy I have my British motorcycle with me in Boston, as I am just about to start a RTW trip back to London. I did not need any of the above to import my motorcycle.

Mine came in via ship to New Jersey and I rode it all the way back to Boston same day with British plates no problem
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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Hey Buddy I have my British motorcycle with me in Boston, as I am just about to start a RTW trip back to London. I did not need any of the above to import my motorcycle.

Mine came in via ship to New Jersey and I rode it all the way back to Boston same day with British plates no problem
Thanks Paul,
sometimes shipping the bike makes the difference. I will enter via land from Mexico which makes me think the custom check will be much stricter, don't you think?
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:08 PM   #4
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Thanks Paul,
sometimes shipping the bike makes the difference. I will enter via land from Mexico which makes me think the custom check will be much stricter, don't you think?
I honestly think it will be even easier, North America does not require Carnet or american registration of up to 6 month or a year depending on the state, just make sure you have proof of ownership of the bike and all your driving license details.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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I honestly think it will be even easier, North America does not require Carnet or american registration of up to 6 month or a year depending on the state, just make sure you have proof of ownership of the bike and all your driving license details.
Great! An acquintance of mine went there with a bike and just told me she was asked just the ownership paperwork
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:20 PM   #6
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My UK plated Tenere has been in the states for 3 years. Ridden 24 states and 7 Canadian prov's. Never been asked for anything.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:13 PM   #7
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My UK plated Tenere has been in the states for 3 years. Ridden 24 states and 7 Canadian prov's. Never been asked for anything.
well that makes sense but did they issue a temporary permit when you entered?
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Make sure you have an insurance card that is valid in the U.S.
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Make sure you have an insurance card that is valid in the U.S.
I have to get one, any recomendations?
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:55 PM   #10
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Check with your current carrier and see if they will cover you while visiting here. If not, then a quick Google search should find some answers.
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well that makes sense but did they issue a temporary permit when you entered?
Nope, nothing for the bike. I entered through Mexico and they didn't give a monkeys about the bike, which was a surprise as I had come up from Ushuaia and every S.A border check the bike details thoroughly. Just take all your original documents with you (just in case), get your ' 90 day' stamp and hit the road.

I used 'Motorcycle express' for insurance. They cover for Canada too.
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Nope, nothing for the bike. I entered through Mexico and they didn't give a monkeys about the bike, which was a surprise as I had come up from Ushuaia and every S.A border check the bike details thoroughly. Just take all your original documents with you (just in case), get your ' 90 day' stamp and hit the road.

I used 'Motorcycle express' for insurance. They cover for Canada too.
It sounds unbelievable for the same reason you mention. All the 32 countries I rode into checked the bike and issue a 30-60-90-180 days permit depending on the country regulations. Sometimes I had to pay, sometimes not, but it's surprising to read that the US don't give a damn about the bike importation.
Well, sounds good to me then. I won't issue an insurance for the bike.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:23 PM   #14
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if you are shipping as a "visitor", then it shouldnt matter where the vehicle is registered. so long as the registration information and insurance information is current and valid. the US is not so concerned with where the vehicle came from, as the operator. as long as your passport is stamped, international license is in order and your documents appear original and unaltered.... you should have a smooth transition.

according to something i read before, foreign registration is good for up to a year as long as the home country is part of geneva convention pact.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:24 AM   #15
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You do not need an international driver license in the US. As long as you have a motorcycle endorsement for class of bike your riding. Your countries valid license will be fine. Registration must be current, and insurance american with a policy number. If there is a minor collision information exchange could be required, a major collision it will be mandatory. So try to have everything together photocopied if possible.

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