Posted August 9, 2010 by & filed under Border Crossing, Destinations, Driving to Mexico, Vehicle Import Permit.

You have packed up your car, bought your Mexican auto insurance online and now you are ready to head to Mexico for a much needed beach vacation. The one thing you’ve not planned is your route to Mexico. An important factor is where the border crossing is located. In this article we offer the locations and information about U.S.-Mexico border crossings as well as information on which border crossings allow you to purchase a vehicle import permit for travel outside the Mexico Free Zone.


California – Baja California

  • Interstate 5, San Ysidro, California – Mexican Federal Highway 1, Tijuana, Baja California
  • State Route 905, Otay Mesa, California – Blvd. Garita de Otay, Tijuana, Baja California
  • State Route 188, Tecate, California – Avenida Presidente Lázaro Cárdenas, Tecate, Baja California
  • State Route 111, Calexico, California – Calzada Adolfo López Mateos, Mexicali, Baja California
  • State Route 7, Calexico, California – Blvd. Abelardo L. Rodríguez, Mexicali, Baja California
  • State Route 186, Andrade, California – Avenida Azucena, Algodones, Baja California

Arizona – Sonora

  • U.S. Route 95 , San Luis, Arizona – Calle 1, San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora
  • State Route 85, Lukeville, Arizona – Benemérito de las Americas, Sonoyta, Sonora
  • State Route 286, Sasabe, Arizona – Calle Sásabe, El Sásabe, Sonora
  • State Route 189, Nogales, Arizona – Mexican Federal Highway 15, Nogales, Sonora
  • Interstate 19, Nogales, Arizona – Blvd. Adolfo López Mateos, Nogales, Sonora
  • Towner Avenue, Naco, Arizona – Blvd. Internacional, Naco, Sonora
  • U.S. Route 191, Douglas, Arizona – Calzada Panamericana, Agua Prieta, Sonora

New Mexico – Chihuahua

  • State Road 81, Antelope Wells, New Mexico – Carretera El Berrendo-Janos, El Berrendo, Chihuahua
  • State Road 11, Columbus, New Mexico – Calzada 5 de Mayo, Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua
  • Pete Domenici Boulevard, Santa Teresa, New Mexico – Paseo Internacional, San Jerónimo, Chihuahua

Texas – Chihuahua

  • Santa Fe Street, El Paso, Texas – Vial Juan Gabriel, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (one-way northbound only) (Paso del Norte International Bridge)
  • Stanton Street, El Paso, Texas – Calle Lerdo, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (northbound SENTRI-only) (Stanton Street Bridge)
  • Interstate 110, El Paso, Texas – Blvd. Río Bravo, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (Bridge of the Americas)
  • Zaragoza Road, El Paso (Ysleta), Texas – Calle Waterfill, Ciudad Juárez (Zaragosa), Chihuahua (Ysleta–Zaragoza International Bridge)
  • Island-Guadalupe Road, Fabens, Texas – Avenida Cruz Rey, Caseta, Chihuahua (Tornillo-Guadalupe Bridge)
  • FM 1088, Fort Hancock, Texas – El Porvenir, Chihuahua (Fort Hancock – El Porvenir International Bridge)
  • U.S. Route 67, Presidio, Texas – Mexican Federal Highway 16, Ojinaga, Chihuahua (Presidio–Ojinaga International Bridge)

Texas – Coahuila

  • US Route 277, Del Rio, Texas – Francisco Javier Mina, Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila (Del Río – Ciudad Acuña International Bridge)
  • U.S. Route 57, Eagle Pass, Texas = Mexican Federal Highway 57, Piedras Negras, Coahuila (Eagle Pass – Piedras Negras International Bridge)
  • South Adams, Eagle Pass, Texas = Libramiento Sur, Piedras Negras, Coahuila (Camino Real International Bridge)

Texas – Nuevo León

  • State Highway 255, Laredo, Texas – Colombia, Nuevo León (Laredo Bridge 3)

Texas – Tamaulipas

  • Loop 20, Laredo, Texas – To Mexican Federal Highway 85, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (Laredo Bridge 4)
  • Convent Street, Laredo Texas – Avenida Guerrero, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (Laredo Bridge 1)
  • Interstate 35, Laredo Texas – Blvd. Leandro Valle, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (Laredo Bridge 2)
  • FM 2098 Spur, Falcon Heights, Texas – Blas de la Garza Falcon, Guererro, Tamaulipas (Falcon Dam)
  • Bravo Blvd., Roma, Texas – Avenida Venustiano Carranza, Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas (Roma – Ciudad Miguel Alemán International Bridge)
  • Pete Díaz Ave., Rio Grande City, Texas – Blvd. Ensenada, Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas (Rio Grande City – Camargo International Bridge)
  • FM 886, Los Ebanos, Texas – Av. Adolfo Lopez Mateo, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Tamaulipas (hand-pulled ferry crossing)
  • Bryan Road, Mission, Texas – Reynosa-Matamoros Highway, Reynosa, Tamaulipas (Anzalduas International Bridge)
  • US Route 281, Hidalgo, Texas – Puente Internacional, Reynosa, Tamaulipas (McAllen–Hidalgo–Reynosa International Bridge)
  • Cage Blvd, Pharr, Texas – Al Puente de Pharr, Reynosa, Tamaulipas (Pharr–Reynosa International Bridge)
  • FM 1015, Progreso, Texas – Benito Juarez, Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas (Progreso – Nuevo Progreso International Bridge)
  • Cantu Road, Los Indios, Texas – Puente Internacional, Lucio Blanco, Tamaulipas (Free Trade International Bridge)
  • Mexico Street, Brownsville, Texas – Las Americas, Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge)
  • East Gateway Brownsville, Texas – Alvaro Obregon, Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Gateway International Bridge)
  • US Route 77, Brownsville, Texas – Mexican Federal Highway 77, Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Veteran’s International Bridge)

Before choosing your route and depending on how long it will take you to get to the border, you may want to check border crossing times before you cross the border.

Click here to see current border crossing times/waits (

Border Crossings Offering Vehicle Import Permits

If you are driving outside the Mexico Free Zone you will need a vehicle import permit. These can be obtained at the following border points:

We offer links to get border crossing times and information on which border crossings offer the purchase of vehicle import permits, which are required outside the Mexico Free Zone.

California Border Points

  • Mexicali
  • Otay Mesa
  • Tecate
  • Tijuana

Arizona Border Points

  • Agua Prieta
  • Naco
  • Nogales
  • San Luis Rio Colorado
  • Sonoyta

Texas Border Points

  • Ciudad Acuña
  • Ciudad Juarez
  • Ciudad Miguel Alemán
  • Columbia
  • General Rodrigo M. Quevedo
  • Matamoros
  • Nuevo Laredo
  • Ojinaga
  • Piedras Negras
  • Reynosa

For more information on Vehicle Import Permits click here.


10 Responses to “List of United States-Mexico Border Crossings”

  1. ME Sullivan

    My parents are renovating their adobe house and I’m planning a road trip next month to take them supplies for their renovation. i.e. light fixtures, bathroom exhaust fans, How much tariff will I be expected to pay at the time of crossing?

  2. Shivana

    1. What is the best border crossing coming from Hermosillo, Mexico, to Tucson, AZ.
    2. I have a car permit. Where is the Banjercito located to turn in my Mex car permit and the office to turn in my Mexican tourist visa? Thanks.

  3. Sean

    There is also a Banjercito at the Colombus, NM crossing. No one ever seems to list it for some odd reason. Colombus is a way easier crossing than Ciudad Juarez. If I was in New Mexico I would even drive a little out of the way to use Colombus.

  4. Chris Cox

    We usually cross via the Colombia Bridge, Laredo #3 and find it to be very easy with little to no wait. It is also easy to turn in our 180 day car permit at the Banjercito kiosk when we return to Texas.
    However the last time we returned via Reynosa which was a big mistake. The signs for the International Bridge lead you to the waters edge but only stumps of a bridge remain! We then found our way to the old bridge in the center of Reynosa together with hundreds of other vehicles. After a long stop and start wait we finally got to the entry point only to find out that there was no Banjercito to return our car permit at this location and we would have to go to Pharr to do so. There was no way to turn around due to so many cars all trying to cross and so we drove through and onto to Austin. We then had to drive back to the border later in order to return the car permit and our visitor permits.
    With the new regulations requiring posting a bond for the car it is necessary to be able to return the permit before the 180 days expiration if you do not want to lose the $300-$400 bond. I highly recommend avoiding the Reynosa crossing.


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