As of June 2011, The Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, issued their most current rules for importing a vehicle into Mexico. The most critical update to importing your car is that your vehicle is now tied to the status of your immigration status. If your imigration status changes, you will need to notify Aduana. The address of Aduana is:
Administración General de Aduanas
Administración Central de Planeacion Aduanera
Av. Hidalgo No. 77, Modulo IV, primer piso
Col. Guerrero, Delegación Cuauhtemoc
Código Postal 06300, México, D.F.
Article 106, and the Operations Manual for Temporarily Imported Vehicles, page 45, Sec. 17-17.4 (“Manual Importacion de Vehiculos”“), basically states two points which are that your car registration is valid as long as your visa is valid and who is allowed to drive your vehicle. Since not all Mexican police are familiar yet with the new law, it is advised that your print out Article 106, and keep it in your vehicle along with your other required documents.
The required documents necessary to keep in your vehicle while traveling through Mexico are:
- Original valid drivers license from country of origin
- Original passport
- Original valid immigration certificate or form (Tourist Visa, FM2, FM3)
- Vehicle registration document, or title, in the drivers name. If the vehicle is owned jointly, a copy of the joint holders passport and letter of authorization to drive the vehicle into Mexico needs to be included. If the vehicle is still owned by a creditor, a letter of permission from the creditor must be presented allowing you to take your vehicle into Mexico.
- Printed out copy of Article 106 in Spanish and English
When you get to the border, you will need to obtain a permit. At the border crossing, go through the Declarations Lane. Look for the “Modulo de Control Vehicular” where you will present all of your documents. All documents and a credit card must be in the name of the owner, who must also be in the vehicle when crossing the border. At the border, your credit card will be charged an amount in national currency equivalent to US$27.00 to the Banco Nacional del Ejercito.
I would make copies of all of the documents above just for safe keeping. Keep a copy of your drivers license, passport, letter of authorization from a bank or from another co-signer if necessary, your tourist visa or immigration documents, vehicle registration and title, and copy of Article 106, in a separate envelope.
The way I would do this, is to keep everything in a plastic sleeve. On the top of your paper work, as the very first documents, I would print out the emblem of the Sindacatura. The Sindacatura is a government agency in Tijuana, Mexico where you can file complaints against police corruption.
If you are pulled over for any reason, and you feel you are being asked questions by a police for no reason other than to collect cash, you have 2 choices.
The first choice is to simply pay the police off with $200.00 pesos. If you choose to pay off the police, make sure you have your pay off money seperate from your other cash, so that you can grab only the $200.00 peso bill and not have the police see your other money. A $200.00 peso bill is the going pay off rate.
Your other choice is to refuse to payoff the cop. If you do this, you can simply reach for your requested documents, which will be underneath the Sindacatura emblem, and the game will be over. To report police corruption, and to print out the emblem, go to Sindicatura Municipal.