Posted November 14, 2017 by & filed under Border Crossing, Driving to Mexico, Vehicle Import Permit.

Temporary Importation Permit BanjercitoWhen it comes to importing a vehicle into Mexico for temporary use, you need to know about Banjercito. Are you traveling to Mexico soon and need more information? Keep reading.

What’s a TIP?

Banjercito is a military bank that helps individuals obtain temporary importation permits for vehicles being brought into Mexico by those visiting the country. If you intend to travel into Mexico past the “free zone,” obtaining a permit is vital. And failure to obtain one could result in the surrender your vehicle to Mexican authorities. Fortunately, these permits cost approximately $44 USD plus taxes and will cover your vehicle for trips and temporary stays in Mexico.

How to Obtain a TIP

You can obtain a TIP online on the Banjercito website, at most border locations or get one in person at one of the following U.S.-based Banjercito locations:

  • Chicago, ILL: 204 S. Ashland Ave. Chicago, ILL 60607. ​ Tel: 312-738 -3052
  • Houston, Texas: 4507 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX, 77004. Tel: 713-529-4764
  • Dallas, Texas: 1210 River Bend, Dallas, TX, 75247 Tel: 214- 932 -0668 / 214- 630- 6151
  • Austin, Texas: 410 Baylor St., Austin, TX 78703. Tel: 512-476-3232
  • Fort Worth, Texas: North West 18 Street Fort Worth, TX 76164 Tel: 817-740-9036
  • Los Angeles, California: 2401 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057, Tel: (213) 383 7352 / (213) 383 7465
  • Sacramento, California: 2093 Arena Blvd. Room. 275, Sacramento, CA 95834. Tel: (916) 928 4440 / (916) 928 4442
  • San Bernardino, California: 293 North D St., San Bernardino, CA 92401, Tel: (909) 885 9653
  • Phoenix Arizona: 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Tel: (602) 249 9253
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: 1610 – 4th Street, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-243-0538 / 505- 243-0717
  • Denver Colorado: Leetsdale Drive Suite 100, Denver, Colorado, 80246, Tel: (303) 399 0586

Required Information

In addition to the cost of the permit, vehicle owners must also make a refundable deposit of $400 USD for vehicles manufactured in 2007 and newer, $300 for vehicles produced between 2001 and 2006, and $200 for those older than 2001. Furthermore, with regards to documents, the following information must be submitted:

  • Original/ photocopy of Passport.
  • Original/ photocopy of Driver’s License issued outside of Mexico.
  • A Mexican immigration permit, such as a tourist, business or immigrant permit for non-Mexicans.
  • The original and duplicate of Bill of Sale, Deed to Property and Vehicle Registration issued by a foreign authority in the applicant’s name. Also, if the title is in the name of a spouse, child or parent, you must present a birth certificate or marriage license.
  • If the vehicle is leased, bring the lease contract as well as a notarized letter of consent from the leasing company.
  • If the vehicle is financed, bring the credit contract as well as a notarized letter of consent from the lien-holder.
  • If you’re driving a company car, bring a notarized letter of consent confirming employment and authorizing the employee to import the vehicle into Mexico.
  • Certificate of cancelled import permit for any prior temporary import permits.
  • Provide proof of provisional Mexican auto insurance for your automobile.

Overall, getting a TIP can be easy if you follow this short guide. Moreover, when you are finished with the permit, simply return it to any Banjercito Bank located on the border.

Get more information about getting a Temporary Importation permit on our website or from the Mexican government’s information page.

Find Banjercito locations at the border:
Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas.

51 Responses to “Who Is Banjercito? And Why Do I Need to Know About Them?”

  1. Marylu

    Hola Hice mi tramite pero no recibí número de folio por correo electrónico. ya me hicieron el cargo . Pero no puedo checar el estatus de mi trámite porque no he recibido numero de folio . Ademas ni idea de como contactarme con ellos porque ninguno de los telefonos contestan. Yo estoy en Austin TX

  2. Claudia

    Hice mi tramite hace una semana por internet, revice mi folio y me dice que fue negado que debo inciar un nuevo tramite. Al hacerlo me dice que ya tengo un tramite en proceso. No he recibido ningun correo electronico que me de alguna informacion por la cual no me enviaran el permiso. que devo hacer? Y una pregunta mas, ya que no tego tiempo sufuciente para hacer otro tramite via internet, si voy a sacar mi permiso al consulado en chicago, me lo entregaran el mismo dia?

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      El permiso de importacion temporal se puede tramitar en el consulado, sin embargo, necesitara contactarlos para saber si se puede tramitar para el mismo dia o si se le enviaria por correo. Tambien puede tramitar el permiso en la frontera con Mexico en las localidades de Aduanas/Banjercito. Para mas información contacte al teléfono: 5553282354 o o No tenemos ninguno afiliación con ellos, ya que son una agencia del gobierno Mexicano, por lo que no podemos responder a su pregunta de manera adecuada o exhaustiva. Gracias.

  3. bill laird

    I can’t fins the location of a Banjercito in San Luis to get a TIP. Is there one there and what is it’s address?
    Thank you Bill

  4. Jose Guzman

    My Truck with the TIP on its windshield was stolen from OUR driveway in Texas, we still have the paperwork to return, but who do we need to report this too and what documents or police reports will I need to verify in order to get my vehicle deposit returned and so I will be allowed in the future to import a new vehicle.

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      You will need to contact Mexican customs either by calling the telephone number 01-800-463-6728 and choosing option 7 and then 2, in Mexico City; from USA 1-877-448-87-28 or send an email to to request more information. You can also contact Banjercito directly since we do not have any affiliation with them; they are a Mexican government agency.

  5. Martin Magdalenski

    I want to loan my vehicle to friends to drive in Baja only. What paperwork should they carry?

  6. Sue Green

    Any idea why we can’t fill in a TIP for our tow vehicle…it says we already have an application.

  7. Marco a rodriguez

    Want to stay in mexico for 1 year permit only for 6 months how i make for a year?????

  8. Cary

    My girlfriend and I are crossing down to Panama with a RV, an 8′ enclosed trailer with 2 motorcycles in it. How many vehicles does a TIP cover? Can we each get a TIP for the multiple vehicles?

  9. Giuseppe

    Hi there, I applied online for a TIP on the 5th of December, Online it says My folio number case it’s been approved. But I didn’t received nothing yet… no mail, no email… Do you think you can get the actual sticker/permit at the border Showing the Folio Number?

  10. Bill

    I recently acquired a TIP online for my SUV and 20′ travel trailer. After checking yes in the box asking if towing a trailer the only option in the next box was boat trailer. After retrying three times I thought it was a glitch so I put my trailer vin. in the appropriate space. When I got the TIP in the mail the trailer is listed. But reading this and other blogs. I went back to get a separate TIP for the trailer. But I get blocked right at the beginning with alert saying that that my previous TIP has not been returned. Question is am I ok or is this a problem?

  11. Morris Cox

    My wife and I recently rode our motorcycles into Mexico. We acquired TIP for both bikes paying a deposit for both on the same credit card. Both TIPs were returned at the border in Nuevo Laredo, but we have only received deposit returned. Any idea how we request the return of the second deposit?

  12. Clara

    Can anyone tell me where I return my vehicle permit when I cross on the ferry from Mazatlan to La Paz. I will be heading north from there to the US border crossing into California.

  13. Jennifer Longoria

    my Husband haa a residentsy an wants to travel to mexico San Luis portosi but he doesnt have a drivers liscense an the truck he wants to take is in my brother N Laws Name how can i get a permit for him to take it to Mexico for acouple of weeks for vacation.

  14. Claudia

    When I try to put in my document number in the banjercito website is says its invalid number. is the website not working?

  15. S Ferguson

    Requested and paid for permit online on 11/20/18. Never received any email back advising of any kind of receipt of the documents/funds, the Banjercito site has been down since. They already took the funds from my account. Is this normal?

  16. Barb K

    Hello WE plan to drive in Mainland Mexico with our truck & trailer. I tried to get permits online but I had trouble with that and it got rejected. I was told to reapply. I tried calling but had trouble understanding them, but I figure out that I have to wait 10 days to reapply. That will not leave enough time to have the permit mailed to our home before we leave as we live in Canada. Can I go to one of the USA Banjercito offices and buy the permits I need there to drive into Mainland Mexcio? If I get the pass at a USA office can I drive into Mexico the day I get the pass or is there a waiting period. Also is the office in Phoenix Arizona open? I tired calling but I can never get anyone to answer the phone. thank you

  17. Sandra Rivera

    What do I need to import a small trailer 2013 from Canada to Mexico, if I am a Mexican citizen and a Canadian Permanent Resident?

  18. bill malou

    It’s not clear to me. I own my vehicle and trailer. Is my dmv original registration enough for my TIP. I don’t want to have to bring my original vehicle titles with me out of security concerns

  19. Barry

    I want to drive my motorcycle from the USA straight through Mexico and into Guatemala – what documents do I need?

  20. Rodriguez

    This will be my first time going to Mexico to visit my husbands family. I will be traveling to Mazatlán, Sinaloa. Will I Need a permit to drive my truck in Mexico. Also I don’t have a Mexico tourist pass. Where can I get one?

  21. Samuel Sifuentes

    Can I bring a 2016 3/4 ton truck that it’s diesel I heard that they where not allowed anymore ?

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      Thank you for your question. We are not aware of this change, however, you should contact Banjercito to be sure, since they are the Mexican Federal agency who controls, monitors and polices the TIP process. If you don’t mind, please let us know what you find out so we can help anyone else with a similar question.

  22. Rachel

    We bought a new car and are waiting for title and registration to come in the mail. We still have not gotten it yet and plan to leave to MX July 8 is there anything we can do?

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      You likely cannot get a TIP. Your best bet would be to contact Banjercito to see if there’s something else you can do. We are not associated with that government agency so cannot give advice on subjects for which we have no experience.

  23. Martha Risinger

    I don’t have a passport . I am an American citizen. My passport was denied. Help!


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