Vehicle Permits and Fees
Vehicle Permits are required throughout Mexico except for:
- the Baja Peninsula
- Puerto Penasco
- Border Zone (25 kms across the border)
- Sonora if you acquire a Sonora Only Permit
Documents Required for a Vehicle Permit
- Passport or entry documents
- Tourist Visa
- Drivers License
- Vehicle Registration
- A Credit Card in the Drivers/owners name. (Mastercard or Visa) You can make a cash deposit if you do not have a credit card. (See Fee’s Below)
It is important to note that the person listed as the owner on the registration must be present.
You must provide a “Letter of Authorization” if the registration indicates that the vehicle is leased or financed. The letter is provided by your bank or leasing company. Generally either requires proof of Mexican Vehicle Insurance.
Vehicle Importation Permit Fee
Cost of a vehicle permit varies by the type of vehicle and where you purchase the permit.
Vehicle Permit – $44USD plus tax (IVA) purchased at the border, Mexican consulates or on the Banjercito website.
RV Permit – $51.75 USD (including IVA tax) at Banjercito offices at the border, $49.50USD from Mexican Consulates, $49.50USD from the Banjercito website.
Boat Permit – $51.75 USD (including IVA tax) at Banjercito offices at the border, $49.50USD from Mexican Consulates, $49.50USD from the Banjercito website.
The vehicle permit is good for 6 months – 180 days – and must be returned at a Banjercito location at the boarder. If you fail to do so you will NOT be allowed to import another vehicle into Mexico or other serious consequences.
Vehicle Deposit Fee
This is a new fee established June 11, 2011.
In addition to the vehicle Permit Fee above, new legislation also requires a “Warranty Deposit” which is to be paid via electronic credit card payment by the person listed on the registration.
The fee is established based on the model year:
$400USD for 2007 and newer vehicles
$300USD for 2001 to 2007 vehicles
$200USD for 2000 or older vehicles
All money charged on the credit card in equivalent Mexican pesos based on the daily exchange rate. The warranty deposit will be refunded to the same credit card on the next banking business day after the vehicle is fully returned and based on the exchange rate of that day.
If the vehicle is NOT returned on or before the date listed on the permit, the entire warranty deposit will be transferred to the Office of the Treasury the day following the listed return date.