Posted June 21, 2011 by & filed under Border Crossing, Driving to Mexico, Legal, Vehicle Import Permit.

Mexican Border CrossingEffective June 11, 2011, Mexico has implemented a new policy for the issuance of temporary vehicle permits.

The Changes are as follows:

  1. The fee for importation of a vehicle is $44.00 USD plus IVA; this fee is the same whether the permit is obtained at the border, consulates or online. http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/siteBanjer/Bicentenario/iitv/instruccionesIITV_ing.html

  2. A guarantee deposit for the return of the vehicle to the US, regardless of the form of payment, we be applied to all vehicles. The amount of the guarantee will be determined by the year of the vehicle. The guarantee will be refunded upon cancellation of the permit at Banjercito offices, as long as it is prior to the expiration date of the permit. The refund will be made in the same form as the deposit was made.

    • 2007 – Newer  $400 USD
    • 2001 – 2006    $300 USD
    • 2000 – Older   $200 USD

  3. If the vehicle is not returned to the US prior to the expiration date on the permit, or the permit is not canceled upon exiting Mexico, the guarantee deposit will be forfeited.

  4. Before Banjercito issues a permit, they will verify the VIN # to make sure the vehicle does not have any restrictions to be driven in the US or Canada, in which case the permit will not be allowed.

    It is important that we remind our customers to cancel the permit at the border prior to returning to the US, to ensure that they receive their guarantee deposit back.

    Our recommendation, as long as the customers have enough time (between 7-10 days), is that they process the temporary importation permit online. This will improve their experience and avoid the time spent at the border crossing. http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/siteBanjer/Bicentenario/iitv/instruccionesIITV_ing.html

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16 Responses to “New Policy for Mexico Temporary Vehicle Import Permits-EFFECTIVE NOW”

  1. Amy

    We purchased a 10 year temporary import permit for our RV several years ago and it expires in the spring of 2016. We brought it back to Canada, thinking that we would be taking it down to Mexico again. We have since upgraded to a larger RV and will not be taking the RV (with the temporary import permit still valid on it) back to Mexico. How do we go about cancelling the importation permit for this RV?

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    • Roxanna McDade

      Hello Amy. A Temporary Import Permit (TIP) must be returned to the Banjercito at the border, before crossing back into the U.S. The Banjercito officials will remove the sticker from the vehicle’s windshield, and return any deposit that is due. If a TIP is turned in after the expiration date, the deposit is automatically forfeited. Failure to return a TIP will result in the Mexican authorities denying any future vehicle import permits. Vehicle Import permits are normally turned in at the same border crossing office where they were first obtained, no matter the type of vehicle (car, RV, boat, etc.).

      You can read more about it on our website: http://www.mexpro.com/mexico/rv-vehicle-import-permit.html

      Reply
  2. Jean Crocker

    i brought my 94 ford ranger into Mexico almost 7 years ago. It has never returned to the USA…I understand that as long as I have my FM2 visa the truck is still legal…..Is this correct?

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  3. Jean Crocker

    I brought my 97 ford ranger in to Mexico 7 years ago…..have never returned with it to the USA……I still have my FM2 and am soon looking in to applying for citizenship……We have built a home here……..My understanding was when we brought the truck in to Mexico that as long as I had a valid visa the truck was good…..Is that correct? I have had it insured with Mexpro …….thanks Jean

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  4. rick lawrence

    I don’t think I saw this on this page. It is important to turn in your tvip also, so you can drive a vehicle back into Mexico sometime in the future. If you do not turn in your tvip, you are in the system forever as “did not turn in the tvip” We witnessed 2 guys having to sign over their motorcycles to their wives, to get into Mexico, because on a previous trip they didn’t turn in the tvip.

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  5. Rosie

    I have a permit for a truck and a 2006 motorcyle. Can I sell the motorcycle in Mexico or legalize it? How will this impact the permit?

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  6. Maria Reyes

    Hello, I have a 2006 F150 in Monterrey that for the last 3 years I have been getting a 6-month permit on the truck. Can I legalize it yet? And what are the exact fees and process to do so?

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    • roxanna

      In order to legalize a vehicle it has to be at least 10 years old. Therefore a 2006 will not yet be eliegible. In terms of fees, it would depend a lot on the tax changes between now and then, as well as the Customers Broker that you use.

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  7. MIROSLAVA

    I HAVE ARRIVED FROM MEXICO AND CANCELLED ALREADY AND PAID WITH MY CARD IT HAS BEEN 48 HRS AND HAVENT GOT MY DEPOSIT BACK DO YOU KNOW WHEN THEY REFUND IT BACK TO MY CARD HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE??? THANKS

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    • roxanna

      No we don’t have knowledge on the time to get your deposit back. I would expect it could take up to a month.

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  8. Dennis Janson

    My wife and I have an FM2 and want to buy a used vehicle in the states. Is there a way to do that without paying the $1,500 to $1,800 to legalize it for Mexico at the border. We are missionaries and live fulltime in PV volunteering our services as English Teachers at a orphanage and a home for abused girls.Used cars are very expensive in Mexico.

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    • roxanna

      I apologize for the delay. Here’s what we found about your question.

      Unfortunately there are limited options when it comes to a used cars in Mexico. Essentially you have three options:

      1. Purchase a Mexican plated vehicle. As you say, this can be difficult due to the lack of used cars for sell in Mexico, but there are no visas and no import taxes.

      2. Purchase a used American Plated vehicle and take out a temporary visa/permit on the car. This requires renewing the visa every 6 months, but allows you to purchase an economical used vehicle that doesn’t require the import tax.

      3. Pay the importation tax. While this is an expensive option, it is a one time event. Whereas the temporary visa is a small, but ongoing cost.

      Really the best option depends on the time frame you expect to stay in PV. A good short-term solution may be purchasing a US vehicle. A long term solution may be importation.

      We ho0e that helps!

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  9. roxanna

    Dear Janet,
    Thank your for your business.

    Great question, here is the answer from the Banjercito site (https://www.banjercito.com.mx/iitv/sitio/html/cte_h_1_iitvamericano_ing.php):

    Important aspects to keep in mind for the temporary importation of a vehicle:

    a) A temporary import is only possible for one vehicle at a time.
    b) The maximum load capacity for a temporary vehicle import is 3.5 tons, not including the weight of the vehicle.
    c) You may tow with your vehicle one to three motorcycles, beach cars or dune buggies, or four-wheel motorcycles or ATVs. You must be able to provide proof of ownership for the vehicles being transported and they must be returned along with the towing or transporting vehicle.
    d) It is not permitted to sell the temporarily imported vehicles on Mexican territory or use them for commercial activities.
    e) The vehicle must be returned to the country of origin within the authorized timeframe as stated in the Temporary Import Permit.

    So you will need to get one permit for your truck, and then prove ownership (title) for the trailer.

    Anything else please let us know.

    Gracias,
    Nate Watson
    COO
    International Insurance Group, Inc.
    Mexpro.com

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  10. Rick Olmstead

    I have a motor home with a tow vehicle. Will both be charged the appropriate rates or just the tow vehicle
    Thanks

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  11. Janet Martin

    We have a Dodge truck and a fifth wheel. Is the new guarantee deposit payable on both or just the truck.
    Many thanks

    Reply

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