Current Mexico Vehicle Importation Permit FAQs & Information
Going to Mexico, traveling outside the Free Zone? You'll need a Vehicle Import Permit. Below is some information translated from the Banjército website
Who can temporarily import a vehicle?
- Foreigners with immigrant financier’s migratory status or non-immigrants, except refugees and political refugees.
- Mexican nationals with legal residence abroad or, if they prove that they have been working for more than one year, by means of official documentation.
How much does it cost and how do I pay?
- At the border, $32 USD plus taxes, with international credit or debit cards issued abroad and with the importers name.
- If you don’t have credit or debit cards, cash deposit of $200 USD to $400 USD, according to the year and model of the vehicle. The deposit will be returned when the vehicle is presented, before the expiration date, in any of the Banjército modules at the Mexican border.
The procedure in Mexican Consulates costs $40 USD plus taxes. The payment should be made with international credit or debit cards with the importers name. The procedure via internet costs $48 USD plus taxes, shipping included.
How long does the permit last?
- Foreigners: The same as the migratory status, (same as the amount of time on the Visa).
- Mexican residents abroad: In a period of one year (12 months) you are authorized to keep the car in Mexico for 180 days, with multiple entrances.
When leaving Mexico you have to visit the CIITEV module at the north border, in order to obtain your cancellation, register your return and to have a record of the days you used the permit. This will make your next visit easier. If you left a deposit don’t forget to ask for a refund with your original receipt.
Who is allowed to drive the vehicle?
- Mexicans: the importer, his spouse, ascendants, descendants or siblings, only if they have legal residence abroad; a foreigner with the appropriate migratory status, and any other person, as long as the importer travels in the vehicle.
- Foreigners: the importer, his spouse, ascendants, descendants or siblings, even if they are not foreigners; foreigners that hold migratory status authorizing them to do so or a national, as long as any of the authorized persons travel on the vehicle.
Only these persons are allowed to drive the vehicle, if not, the vehicle will be seized and a sanction will be applied.
Note: All this information can be found at www.banjercito.com.mx