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Paul asks…

Needing a state ID.. the dmv says that a copy of birth certificate issued by the hosiptal is NOT acceptible?

I dont realy have anything else they want, like military documents and whatnot. What did you produce when you got yours?

Tijuana answers:

You can obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the county clerk’s or clerk recorder’s office in the county you were born in. It usually costs around $14 for a certified copy.

Type “birth certificate, (county), (state)” in google to find a link to YOUR county’s clerk or clerk recorder’s office.

For example, for Orange County California,
I googled “birth certificate, orange county, ca”, which took me to:

—- OR —-

From the Office of Vital Records in your state. See the following link to take you to YOUR state’s Office of Vital Records.


Unless you were adopted. In which case, you may need to contact your state’s office of vital records.

You’ll need a certified copy of your birth certificate to travel to Mexico; or to obtain a passport for travel to anywhere else outside the US.

Good Luck!

Mandy asks…

How to Avoid attention in public places?

I’m traveling to another country next Christmas and I need tips on how to blend with Society, Im gonna be in public for several days buying stuff for my wife. I’ve heard stories of Americans getting robbed and killed.. any help would be nice

Tijuana answers:

Wear conservative, not casual clothes. Your shoes should be ordinary leather ones, never athletic sneakers. Have a dumb-looking satchel or tote bag, not a fanny pack or a designer bag. If you want to carry a camera, keep it in a zipper pocket rather than around your neck, and keep track of it. Leave your good watch and all rings except a wedding band at home.

Get one of those passport holders that you wear around your neck, under your clothing. Use it for your passport, the majority of your money, and all but one of your credit cards. You should be safe enough during daylight hours in the main commercial areas of the town. A plastic shopping bag with a local store logo will help you blend in a bit. (I once met a young woman who traveled a lot. Her hobby was collecting plastic shopping bags from all over, and then using them up one by one to carry her lunches and miscellaneous stuff.) Try to keep all your bulky purchases together in one bag. You won’t look like a native, but you’ll look like you know what you’re doing, anyway.

If English is not the native language, don’t lose hope. Many people have studied some English. Speak slowly and clearly, with simple sentences and a basic vocabulary. You can often communicate by dictionary, pictionary, and pantomime, especially if you carry a notebook and pencil.

Get on and look up the country where you’ll be going, plus “etiquette” and “customs” and “travel tips” and “places” and so forth. If it’s a country with an iffy reputation, such as some countries in the middle east, the communist countries, and parts of Mexico, look up the American embassy there for any late-breaking news that affects visitors to the country.

A few “different” customs I’ve heard about:

– Singapore: It’s highly illegal to chew gum and throw it away on the pavement. You can’t even purchase chewing gum there. In general their laws are pretty strict.

– Japan: Make sure all your socks are in good shape, and bring along nice loafers rather than tie-up shoes. You’ll be taking your shoes on and off a lot. Even in public stores and offices, you can walk in wearing your shoes, but if you step onto a carpeted area, you’ll be expected to take them off. If you don’t like the idea of sharing slippers from a pile made available for visitors, bring your own, but make sure they’re real slippers, with smooth soles. Most transactions are done with cash. In large department stores and downtown areas, there’ll be a few ATMs that can access bank accounts in the United States. You can cash travelers’ checks at banks and stores, but it can be a tedious process. When it comes to Japanese toilet facilities, forewarned is forearmed. Look up information about them on the Internet!

– Finland: A sauna is a relaxing experience, but you do have to take off all your clothes. Bring a folded towel to lie or sit on. The lower tiers are cooler. The higher ones are more for Finnish people who are used to taking saunas. Fifteen minutes in there is probably enough for neophytes.

Remember the airline rule about liquids, gels, and creamy stuff – 3.4 ounce containers, max (about 100 milliliters). You can’t take more of them than will all fit inside one quart-size zip-top baggie. (Bring two or three baggies in case one breaks.) There are special rules about aerosols. Look up the Transportation Safety Authority site for complete current information.

So, do your research, and have a good time!

Sharon asks…

Is there a way to get from San Diego to Ensenada besides having to deal with the TJ border?

We are heading down for a bachelor party. There are about 15 of us and 3 of the guy’s wives are tripping out a bit about TJ. Any ferrys or buses so we would not have to drive?

Tijuana answers:

There are no ferrys. If you park in San Ysidro, you can walk across the border and when you enter into Mexico you will be facing a Plaza where the McDonalds is very obvious. Angle or go to your left/south and you will see many different kinds of busses. Look for the ABC depot… The busses are like Greyhound. The cost will be about $10.50 between Tijuana and Ensenada. The busses are nice and comfortable.

If you prefer to drive, as soon as you cross the border, remain in the right hand lanes and you will see the Ensenada/Rosarito Toll Road interchange. Follow it to the right, and you will be going along the US border. Watch for another right as you come down a hill away from the border, and continue south toward Rosarito/Ensenada. You do not want to go into the Playas de Tijuana. Stay on the toll road. You can do a google map in advance.

You will go through three toll booths, all around $2.00: one after the Playas de Tijuana exit, one in Rosarito, one before you get to Ensenada. The toll roads are two lanes in each direction, clearly marked and maintained… You do not have to go through Tijuana city streets. It is a very pretty drive, and it gives you the option of stopping off for some fun in Rosarito!

Tijuana is the busiest border crossing in the world… So lots of people do so carefully and safely every year. Ensenada is a little over one hour south of Rosarito. Both cities are great for your purpose.

I recommend you arrange for Mexican liability insurance in advance. You can do so on line, or one of the sales offices in San Ysidro or at the border. Should be about $15 – $20 per car or driver for the week.

The last US exit is to a great Factory Outlet Shopping Center, AND some Duty Free shops. You can buy some cheap liquor there… Even some perfume for the wives!

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