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Old 12 Sep 2009
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Having a bit of a freakout - please help!

Hello all,
I am planning to leave New York in 3 days for Tierra del Fuego. I was under the impression that I needed to have my motorcycle title with me as proof of ownership, but due to a screw-up with the post office, I am fairly sure that my title was lost in the mail on the way from the Department of Motor Vehicles. So my question is: Is my registration sufficient for border crossings in Central and South America? I have my license and registration showing the bike registered to me, international driving permit, insurance card, and the bike is inspected and bearing a New York State license plate. The only thing missing is the damn title. Will I be okay . I've searched through the forum, but have been unable to find a definite answer-
Thanks in advance - I'm freaking out!!

Last edited by Bertrand; 12 Sep 2009 at 11:43. Reason: removed info at Obadiah's request
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Old 12 Sep 2009
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Why can't you get a duplicate title? Here in Colorado they print you one while you wait.
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You can print a copy of your original and laminate it.
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I would get color copies of your title made...and have them notarized...it will look official
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Still not clear.....

Thanks for your responses, but perhaps I was unclear - I just registered the vehicle, and I'm waiting for the title certificate to come in the mail, so all I have is the registration card. I'm pretty sure that the title has been lost in the mail, and I won't have time to get a new one sent before I leave, so my question is: Can I cross borders in Central and South America with my registration card, but WITHOUT an original/copy of my title of ownership. I've seen conflicting answers on the forum, and I'm not sure what is needed. Thanks!!
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read recently on advrider (i think) someone had gone through all of central america with just registration. i came to mexico with just registration with no problem
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Thanks for mentioning Advrider

I checked out Advrider and according to every post I saw, it seems that a notarized copy of the vehicle title OR the registration is sufficient. This has put my mind more at ease, though I am still going to try to get the title business sorted out as well.
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