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Can you buy & register motorcycles in Honduras/El Salvador under your name?

Question: Is it possible to buy and register a motorcycle under your name in Honduras or El Salvador *on a tourist visa*? If so, how long does the paper work takes to get the placas?

My friend and I are planning to purchase two motorcycles (125cc) and drive them to Panama, via boat to Columbia and on to Ecuador and Peru. We had planned to buy in Mexico or Guatemala but because of the timing we are have to continue travel south.

We found the following first hand info:

In Mexico (San Cristobal de las Casas) : If new bike, much easier. Get the Factura from the vendor, copies of your passport, a friend's electricity or water bill. It takes one day at the Administrativa. When you sell the bike you must notify the Administrativa that you sold it.

In Guatemala: Per info from Guaterider and our first hand experience, get the NIT (tax ID) at the local SAT, all you need is your passport. Once you have the NIT you can take it and purchase the bike at the vendor, and then go and get it registered (we didn't get to this since we didn't have the time).

In Nicaragua: We just found out you need a residency visa to own a bike under your name. Otherwise you can ride in the country but not take it outside.

Hence, we're trying to see if it's possible in Honduras or El Salvador.

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