Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit for Mexico

A Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit or TIP is a permit that allows non-Mexican citizens to take a vehicle across the border into Mexico from other countries, such as the US and Canada. It is required for areas outside the free or border zone. A TIP can ONLY be obtained through Mexico's Banjercito government agency.

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If you plan to drive a vehicle beyond the Mexico Free Zone you will need to purchase a Mexico Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit (TIP). The temporary vehicle importation permit can ONLY be obtained from Banjercito, the official Mexican issuing agency. It is valid for any type of vehicle weighing less than three tons, for up to six months (180 days). The permit may be purchased online at the Banjercito website or at the Mexico border. One can purchase the permit online 7-60 days prior to travel into Mexico.

You do NOT need a Temporary Vehicle Import Permit for driving in any part of the Baja Peninsula or the Sonoran Free Zone. In Sonora, you are only required to obtain a permit if driving further than kilometer 98 of Mexican Federal Highway No. 15.

You can obtain a Sonora ONLY Vehicle Permit if you only plan to travel in the Mexican State of Sonora.

Despite any advice, official or unofficial, vehicle permits cannot be obtained at checkpoints in the interior of Mexico.

Please note: Mexpro has no affiliation, authority or connections with Banjercito.

Warning!

Travelers should avoid individuals outside vehicle permit offices offering to obtain the permits without waiting in line, even if they appear to be government officials. There have been reports of fraudulent or counterfeit permits being issued adjacent to the temporary vehicle importation permit offices in border areas. If the proper permit is not obtained before entering Mexico and cannot be obtained at the Banjercito branch at the port of entry, do not proceed to the interior. Travelers without the proper permit may be incarcerated, fined and/or have their vehicle seized at immigration/customs checkpoints.

Sonora ONLY TIP

In Sonora, you are only required to obtain a permit if driving further than kilometer 98 of Mexican Federal Highway No. 15. If you do drive outside the free zone, you have the option to purchase a "Sonora Only" Vehicle Importation Permit for a reduced price (unless you buy online). Purchasing a Sonora Only permit may also speed up the process at the border.

RV/Travel Trailer TIP

RVs and Travel Trailers require a TIP specifically for those vehicles. If you plan to drive your RV outside the free zone in Mexico get an RV Importation permit.