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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. David

    Can you cancel a TIP going Northbound through Los Indios ( Tamaulipas ) to Texas


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