Posted August 29, 2017 by & filed under Vehicle Import Permit.

A TIP is a permit that allows non-Mexican citizens to take a vehicle across the border into Mexico from other countries, such as the USA and Canada. It is required for areas outside the free or border zone. TIP stands for "Temporary Importation Permit."

Purchasing a TIP

The cost of a TIP varies depending on where you purchase it. If you make the payment in person it costs $51, but you can save money by buying the TIP online at the official Banjercito website (Mexico’s military bank) for $45. These prices are before VAT (a minimal tax).

You can buy a TIP in person at the CIITEV module, located at customs gates at the port of entry to Mexico, or at any of the United States’ Mexican Consulates. These are located in Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sacramento, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. At the consulate and online you can only pay by credit card, but at customs gates you also have the option to pay in cash.

In some cases Banjercito can deny a TIP for a vehicle; for example if there is a record of theft or accident against the registration in the USA or Canada.

Temporary Importation Permit Banjercito

In addition to the fee, you will be required to pay a deposit, which is refundable once the vehicle exits Mexico. The amount varies depending on the age of the vehicle. The deposit is considered a pledge to return the vehicle within the 180 day period for which the permit is valid. The vehicle must leave the country on or before the date specified on the permit. If the permit is not returned to the Banjercito location at the border when exiting the country, the deposit will be retained by the Department of the Treasury.

Cancelling a TIP

When you leave Mexico, it’s important to return your TIP so that you receive your deposit back, and the Mexican authorities know that you have taken the vehicle out of the country as expected. It may also be necessary to cancel your TIP for various reasons during the period covered by the permit, such as if the vehicle is stolen or in an accident.

How do you cancel a TIP?

In order to cancel your TIP, you must contact the Mexican Customs Administration HQ at the following address:

Av. Hidalgo núm. 77, módulo IV, primer piso, Col. Guerrero, Deleg. Cuauhtémoc, 06300, México, D. F.

When should you cancel a TIP?

It’s necessary to cancel the TIP if any of the following occur:

  • Your car was stolen in Mexico or the USA
  • Your car was in an accident in Mexico or the USA
  • Your car was sold or traded in the USA or Canada

What if you are in the interior of Mexico when it expires?

The TIP will expire 180 days after you enter the country. If you extend your visit, for example if you are granted a VISA for a longer period, you will still need to extend your TIP at the border. You cannot renew a Temporary Importation Permit within the interior of Mexico—you can ONLY renew it at the border.

What happens if you don’t return the TIP?

If you don’t return your TIP when you and your vehicle leave Mexico, your deposit will be forfeited. There will also be no official record of the vehicle leaving Mexico, which could restrict you from getting another TIP for that vehicle in the future. In a few rare cases, vehicles have been impounded and vehicle owners escorted to the border.

If you are headed to Mexico and traveling outside the Free Zone, make sure you get a Temporary Importation Permit online, at an American consulate or at Banjercito at the border. The expense is worth avoiding troubles in the interior of Mexico. And don’t forget to return the permit at the border when heading back to the US, to obtain your deposit and to avoid any penalties. Remember the TIP is only good for 180 days. If you plan to extend your stay in Mexico, be sure to schedule a trip to the border to renew the TIP. You cannot renew it within the interior of Mexico.

Mexico auto liability insurance is required to obtain a TIP. Don’t forget to purchase insurance from top quality insurers from And, Happy Travels!


107 Responses to “How to Cancel a Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit (TIP)”

  1. David matalon

    Does anyone know long it would take for my vehicle import deposit refund take? It has been a few days and it has still not shown up in my account. I paid with card and the person said it would be put back on the card. Any help would be nice!

  2. Ray Williams

    I tried to return my permit at the Juarez border crossing but there was no one there to accept the sticker and documentation.
    Who would I contact to find out where to send the removed sticker and documentation.

  3. CaroC

    Hi! Can I pause my TIP while I’m in the US? and then un-pause when going back to Mexico so that it lasts longer?

  4. Daniel Dean

    I need to return my TIP to Agua Prieta Banjercito office.
    First off: Exactly where is the Agua Prieta Banjercito office?
    I do Not speak any Spanish.
    Nervous about getting a hassle.
    I am Just driving there form Douglas, Returning the permit and and then exiting to U.S. immediately after.
    Thank you for any info you can offer.

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      To our knowledge there is not Banjercito location in Agua Prieta. This article will tell you where you can find the Banjercito locations and their hours of operation. Thank you for your question and good luck.

  5. Alyssa McConkey

    Hello! Thank you for all of your helpful replies. We purchased our TIP when we crossed into Mainland Mx just under 6 months ago. Now we are in Baja, where we have been told you don’t need a TIP. Will we be able to get our deposit back at the Banjercito in Ensenada or will the car have to cross into the US, even though we are in Baja. I have emailed and called Banjercito without luck. Thanks for any help!

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      My understanding is that even if you are currently in the free zone, your TIP is due at the 6-month mark. But I am not an authorized source and only Banjercito or someone with first-hand experience can give you the absolute correct answer. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help. Hopefully one of our other well-traveled customers will be able to answer your question here. Good luck!

  6. Henry

    Can I cancel my TIP at a different location from where I got the permit from. And get my deposit back when paid with Cash?

  7. john chung

    I bought a boat but the prior owner never canceled the TIP, how can I go about canceling the old one and getting one in my name? Thank you.

  8. Ron Dalton

    I’m going to cross into the USA at Lukeville crossing , where can I surrender my vehicle permit and get my money back. Is it located at the border crossing ? Please advise , Thank you !

  9. Brooks

    You can extend your TIP to align with the expiration dates on your temporary residency should you acquire temporary residency while in the country. This process is done at your local SAT office after receiving your residence card.

    I originally entered Mexico 18 months ago as a tourist with a TIP. Since then, I have acquired my residence card and done 1 renewal of my residency as well. Both times SAT has extended my TIP to align with the dates on my card, without my car leaving Mexico City.

  10. Don Sibley

    After I cancel my TIP, can I get a new one the same day or next, in order to re-enter Mexico?

  11. Don Sibley

    Once I cancel my TIP which is due to expire soon, can I get a new one the same day or next, in order to re-enter Mexico? Thanks.

  12. Garry

    Question: Can I pay for my TIP with US Currency at the border? or do I need Pesos?

  13. Manuel Maldonado

    If I gave my tip back but couldn’t wait to show resete and get my refund back . How can I get my refund beeing here in Texas

  14. Manuela

    We entered Mexico in 1997 and left in 2000. We gave up our FM3 recidency and also our TIP. Paperwork was not computerized then. How can we find out if the Port Captain canceled our tip? We are planning to return the end of this year.
    Thanks for any info

  15. Will Pizzolato

    I will be exiting Mexico at the Tecate border crossing on a Thursday. Where can I surrender the TIP to get my deposit back? WIll I get a cash refund or a credit to the original credit card?

  16. Aurelio

    Hello , I recieved a TIP back in 2009 and know I turned it back in when I left Mexico cause I recieved my deposit back. But when i went to try and get another TIP on 2/23/19 practically 10 yes later,it’s saying I never returned the last one. Anything I can do? Plus that vehicle was wrecked and sold for parts.

  17. Melissa

    Hey I am going to Mexico but the truck I am taking the permit for is going to stay in Mexico can I cancel the permit without bringing the truck back

  18. Melissa

    I am go to mexico and the truck I am taken is going to stay in Mexico can I cancel the permit without bring the truck back

  19. Antoine Mahieu


    I have received a banjercito 6 months TIP when I have crossed the US Mexico border.
    I am now headed to Guatemala via la Mansanilla border.
    Will I need to cancel my TIP? If so, how can I do that? Can it be done directly at the border?

    Thanks for your support

  20. mike

    i will be entering mexico from the US and travelling on into Belize where i will be leaving the vehicle. Can i get my deposit returned at the mexico / belize border?

  21. Adriana Armenta


    Como se puede cancelar el permiso, si no se regreso y se tuvo un accidente vehicular en USA y ya se no tiene el permiso.

  22. JANET





  23. Gozde

    We have a van that the title is both on my boyfriend and my name. When we ender Mexico, we got the TIP only on my name. I have to go back to my country for an emergency and my boyfriend is planning to cross the border to Belize while i’m out of country. As his name is on the title and insurance, will he be able to get the deposit back (TIP cancelation) and cross to Belize ?

  24. micah hobbes frazier

    i had to leave the country for a family emergency and my tip expired while i was away. what do i do now? will i be fined for keeping the car in the country for longer than the tip? or will i just not receive my deposit back?

  25. Alfredo Loyola

    Hola. Donde tengo q cancelar mi TIP en la linea o en alguna oficina? Si tuvieran Algun numero o direccion, voy a regresar por Tijuana… Gracias

  26. Moni

    I have lost the papers of the TIP and also don’t have the sticker on the windshield anymore, how can I get back the deposit? or even if I don‘t get it back, will it still be canceled just due to the information they have in their system once I leave the country to the US?

  27. ELIAZAR Cardenas

    Hi, I recently totaled my truck and it’s no longer driveable. How do I go about canceling my TIP? What do I need?

  28. Cory

    What if plans change and I decide not to go to Mexico but I already purchased the ( tip), how do o cancel it and do I get my money back ?

  29. Kevin Floyd

    I brought my car to mexico as a tourist for 180 days. It expires in February. We are applying for temporary residency and my wife will have her card before then. Can we go to a Banjercito and renew the permit with her residency card for the year without leaving Mexico?

  30. charles

    I punched a TIP in Texas before reaching the border. But due to family issues I returned to North Carolina without using it. It is still on the permit, I didn’t even put it on the car. Being more than a thousand miles from the border how can I return it?

  31. Mayra

    What if we want to leave a car in mexico for when we go every 6 months how does that work!

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      The car needs to be driven back to the border before the TIP expires to get a new one. If not, you risk the chance of high fines or confiscation. This is only for U.S. or Canadian licensed vehicles. Thank you for your question.

  32. Justin

    The credit card I used for my deposit was stolen while in Mexico and cancelled. Can I get my deposit back in Cash?

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      Mexpro has no affiliation with Banjercito, the Mexican government office who distributes & manages TIPs and therefore do not have the information you are looking for. Please contact Banjercito about your issue. Oftentimes, however, when an expired or cancelled credit card is refunded, the money will be added to the new credit card. You may want to also discuss this with your credit card company. Thanks for your question.

  33. Daniel Menard

    I am trading in my boat that has a tip. But I do not want to fly back to Mexico to cancel it. If I leave the original tip onboard. Will the new owner be able to take the vessel into Mexico and cancel the tip that is in my name and reapply for one in his name?

  34. Anely Moreno

    Hi I recently canceled a permit at the border 18 days ago how long is it until I revive my deposit in my bank account?

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      Great question. I think the time can vary, but I believe we’ve heard two weeks is average. You can contact Banjercito to ask here:

      Av. Industria Militar 1055,
      Lomas de Sotelo, Ciudad de México. C.P. 11200

      Teléfono: 5553282354
      Atención a la ciudadanía: 56260568
      Banco Nacional del Ejército, Fuerza Aérea y Armada SNC

      I hope this helps you.

  35. Scott


    I am returning to the US via flight and returning to mexico for another 180 days. My US vehicle has a temporary import that expires while I am gone. Is there a way to renew the permit without going to the Mexico border? Thanks, Scott

  36. William

    I have a TIP for my boat that I never ended up needing and now have sold the boat. Is there a website or US based center that I may use to cancel it?

  37. Ramona Elena Charles

    Im trying to call to register my vehicle and get more info. I may have registered wrong. This is to confusing and i want to talk to to a human.
    Can i simply register as im crossing the border?

  38. Esmeregilda Soliz

    I have a question I’m trying to go back to the us I have the sticker of my car but can’t find the paper of the permit can we still go back to the us and another question does the person have to be there to get the deposit back

  39. John

    I wanted to cross at the Sonoyta border in Sonora, but I saw there isn’t a Banjercito. On their website, I saw there is a branch in Puerto Peñasco. Do you think it is possible to cancel the TIP there and then cross at Sonoyta after, or donwe need the exit stamp first? Thanks!

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      To our knowledge, you can only cancel a TIP at the border. Your vehicle has to be out of the country to cancel it. We are not affiliated with that government agency, so you may want to contact Banjercito to inquire further.

  40. Anonymous

    Can I return my TIP at a Mexican Consulate in the states? I obtain it in Mexico, but unfortunately my vehicle broke down and at this time it is not cost effective for me to fix it. It is an older vehicle and I simply do not have the money to repair it right now.


    truck went to dealer for repairs traded in for new removed permit form window would not cancel permit vechile not present could not get permit for new truck help

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      Unfortunately Mexpro has no affiliation with Banjercito, the Mexican Federal Agency who issues and manages the TIPs. Please contact Banjercito with your issue, and possibly the Mexican Consulate could help you. I’m sorry we could not better help you and good luck!

  42. perla chavez

    Hello i lost the receipt that its attached to the tip the tip is on the window but i dont have the rest of the papers do i need to get a new permit ? i had stopped it so i was able to re use it do i need another tip or can i request a receipt? i am scared to go to the border and not be able to pass since i dont have the paper work.

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      Because we are not associated with Banjercito, a government organization, we do not know all the answers to your questions. If you have the TIP still attached to your windsheild, you should be able to get your deposit back. It should not affect your ability to get through the border on either side. You would get into trouble if you were pulled over or had to go through a check point after you clear the free zone, heading into the interior of Mexico. If you are crossing into Mexico I suggest you ask questions at the Banjercito location or email or call 011-555-328-2354 (from the US).

      For more information see our Temporary Import Page. Thank you and we hope we’ve been able to help.

  43. Fatima

    I ordered a TIP as I was planning to travel. Now I have an emergency and will not be traveling to Mexico. How do I cancel the TIP and save the time for another month?

  44. John Jacobson

    I brought a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara into mexico in 2007. I has been in mexico ever since. An American wants to buy the car and drive it out. I have the original title in Mexico. what do I do?

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      I’m sorry we do not have any information on how to do this. Our business insures American & Canadian vehicles for driving in Mexico. You may try to contact Banjercito or the organization where you got the Mexico title.

  45. Felicitas

    Hello there, I habe a problem with Banjercito. In December we entered Mexico with two motorbikes, imported them correctly and left in the required time frame (February). Until today, Banjercito only provided one deposit for the temporal immigration back. E-Mails are not answered, a working phone number does not exist. How can I proceed? I want my money back as I acted correctly.

    • Roxanna Brock McDade

      Hello there. Unfortunately we have no affiliation with Banjercito. Is there anyway you can get to a border with a Banjercito location. I think that would be your best bet. Also, possibly you can get help from one of these phone numbers:

      Another option is to post your question on Trip Advisor. There are a lot of people who can help on that forum, and I believe I saw an answer some time ago to a similar question.

      Good luck and thanks for turning to Mexpro.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.