The following description is based on regulations active in September 2002.
Please check with the authorities if these still apply.
If your travel is within the border Zone or Free Trade Zone (including the
Baja California Peninsula and the Sonora Free Trade Zone) there are no procedures
to comply with. However, if you pass these zones, the following procedures
Obtain the original and one photocopy of the following documents:
- The appropriate immigration form.
- The vehicle State Registration Certificate, or a document
that certifies the legal ownership of the vehicle.
- The Leasing Contract if the vehicle is leased or rented.
These must be in the name of the person importing the car. If the vehicle
belongs to a company, present the documents that certify the employee
works for the company.
- A Valid Drivers License, issued outside Mexico.
- An International Credit Card, also issued outside Mexico
(American Express, Diner's Club, Visa or Mastercard), in the name of the
owner of the vehicle. If you do not posess an international credit card,
you will be asked to post a bond, pyable to the Federal Treasury, issued
by an authorized bonding company in Mexico.
As an alternative to posting a bond, you may make a cash deposit
at Banco del Ejercito in an amount equal to the value of your vehicle according
to the "Table of vehicle values for bonding companies." (See table
Amount of Bond in US Dollars
|1. Large and Luxury Vehicles.
|2. Pick up trucks and Vans.
|3. Medium and Compact Vehicles.
|4. European, Sports Vehicles, Vintage Autos.
Once you have the originals and photocopies of these documents,
present them to the Vehicular Control Module located in Customs to process
the importation permit. All documents and the credit card must be in the
name of the owner, who must also be in the vehicle when crossing the border.
Your international credit card will be charged an amount
in national currency equivalent to US$12 th the Banco del Ejercito. Once
again, If you do not have an international credit card, the Banco del Ejercito
will accept a cash deposit in an amount equal to the value of your vehicle
shown in the previous table.
your deposit plus any interest it may earn will be returned to you when
you leave Mexico. You may choose to obtain a bond through an authorized
Mexican bonding company at the border crossings. The authorized bonding
companies will require a refundable deposit equal to the value of the vehicle,
according to the table shown opposite. The bonding company will also access
taxes and processing costs for this service.
Upon your departure from Mexico, and if the vehicle is not
going to be driven back into Mexico, the permit for temporary importation
must be cancelled at Customs.