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  1. FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn Long timer

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    Hola,

    We are heading to Copper Canyon again and I was wondering what's the latest on the required papers to Mexico.

    Last year we entered Mexico through Nogales and riding into Sonora there was really minimal paperwork to fill out. None of the "temporary import permit", original title and so forth. None of that...
    We entered Chihuahua(SP?) and nothing at provincial border either...
    Same thing coming back to US. through Douglas, no one asked for any papers for the bike.

    Is that the norm nowdays?
    Is it required to have the original title with you when going to Mexico?

    Thanks!

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  2. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=600 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD background=graphics/b25.gif colSpan=2>[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Vehicle Permit Requirements for Different Parts of Mexico[/FONT]</TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2 height=5></TD></TR><TR><TD noWrap width="1%"> </TD><TD vAlign=top>[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]No vehicle Permit is required if you are only going to Baja or Puerto Penasco

    Border Zone: (within 25 kilometers across the border): No Vehicle Permit required.

    Baja Peninsula: No Vehicle Permit required (must obtain a Tourist Card for yourself if you travel south of the Border Zone or stay longer than 72 hours).
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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sonora Only: The state of Sonora operates a program known as "Sonora Only" for visitors who stay only in the state of Sonora. The "Sonora Only" permit requires less documentation than the standard 'Mainland Mexico Vehicle Permit', and the 'Sonora Only' permit is free. (The need for a credit card is also waived).[/FONT]

    You will be leaving the state of Sonora.

    I'd have the sticker in case you are stopped and asked. I have been, once.

    My 2 cents.
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  3. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Just in case others are checking out this thread, here's a recap of info found elsewhere on advrider that is specific to Mexico (Baja and Sonora excepted).

    Make sure to have the following ORIGINAL (or notarized copy) documents with you: (You will save yourself some time if you also make 2 photo copies of each document prior to crossing the border!)

    1: Valid proof of citizenship (passport or birth certificate). Passports not required until 2008.
    2: Your Tourist Card or Tourist Visa. Usually obtained at the same time as the vehicle import sticker but can be obtained at consulates.
    3: The valid vehicle registration certificate, or original title that certifies the legal ownership of the vehicle. The person whose name is listed on the registration must be present. (If the registered owner is not going to be present, you must contact the Mexican Consulate in advance for details on how to obtain the permit).
    4: If the vehicle is financed, you should contact your finance company to receive a 'Letter of Authorization' allowing you to drive your vehicle into Mexico. Have this notorized.
    5: If the vehicle is leased or rented, you must provide the lease or rental contract with the driver's name on the contract.
    6: A valid Driver's License (a Non-Mexican driver's license).
    7: An international credit card, (American Express, Diner's Club, Mastercard or Visa), in the name of the driver of the vehicle & matching the vehicle paperwork.
    8. Notify your credit card company in advance that you will be taking the card across the border.
    9. When you leave Mexico, save the receipt for your vehicle import sticker and bring it with you when you return to Mexico in the future as proof it was surrendered.
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  4. biketherapy

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    Take your original title- plus a few copies. you might be able to get by with registration but why risk it?

    You'll need to stop at customs at KM 21 and get your import sticker/vehicle permit and post the bond for your bike at the Banjercito (army bank). You'll need to get a tourist visa...you used to get a week free or something but now they hit you up for $25 or so. Don't forget to stop and turn them back in on your way back across- especially the vehicle permit.

    Not sure what you guys did last time but I wouldn't want to get caught in deep in Mex. without paperwork....could be expensive to sort that one out.....:nono

    good luck!
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  5. FlyingFinn

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    We DID stop at customs (21km after the border), told the officials that we are going to continue deeper into Mexico, outside of Sonora -> we need the vehicle permit.

    They pretty much told us "no", "just fill this card and leave".
    That was not what we expected.

    Later we were stopped at least twice at armed checkpoints and got no questions about the vehicle permit.

    Came back to US via Douglas and again, not a word about (lack of) vehicle permit.

    Honestly, we tried to get those permits but could not get one. And never needed one... :dunno

    Looks like we need to try harder this time :-)

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  6. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Good idea

    Edit: Since you live in Phoenix, try easier instead of harder and get both the import sticker and your tourist card at the consulate there. Then you can breeze through Sonora. Not all consulates do both services so call in advance before you go over there. Don't forget to receipt for your sticker when you return.

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  7. Kieth

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  9. FlyingFinn

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    Kieth, thanks for the links. This year even the Banjercito web site seems to work for applying for the vehicle permit. Last year I ran into broken links no matter what I tired...

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  10. MysteryRider

    MysteryRider Laughing at danger

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    This might help some......

    PROVISIONAL IMPORTATION OF VEHICLES
    To introduce an automobile of foreign origin (having license plates different to those of
    Mexico), it is necessary to have a provisional importation license. Such a permit is
    obtained at any branch of BANJERCITO; for foreigners it is granted for the length of the
    term their migratory status lasts, including extensions; in the case of Mexicans, it is
    granted for 180 days within a year, with the option of multiple entries and departures, so
    long as the following requirements are fulfilled:
    a) Submitting the original and a copy of the documentation guaranteeing the
    migratory status or legal residence abroad.
    1. In the case of foreigners: ID and a copy of the documentation issued by the
    National Institute of Migration authorizing the migratory status; both of them will
    be current up to date.
    2. In the case of Mexicans: The document that may authorize the legal residence
    abroad or the official documentation proving the migratory status that may
    authorize the person to work abroad for up to a year.
    b) Submit the original and a copy of the document authorizing the legal property of
    the vehicle (title), letter of credit or partial invoice granted by the business or
    institution that may correspond if the vehicle has not been totally paid for. If the
    vehicle has been leased, the contract in the name of the interested party and with
    the characteristics of the vehicle must be submitted. In case of vehicles
    belonging to companies, the document authorizing the labor relationship of the
    interested party with the company, in addition of authorizing the legal property of
    the vehicle under the name of the company.
    The interested party may carry out the corresponding procedure although the document
    proving the property of the vehicle may be to the name of his/her spouse, ascendant or
    descendant, which must be proved with the corresponding legal documentation, such as
    marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.
    c) Sign the application of provisional importation of the vehicle by attaching a
    written document where the person declares under oath his/her commitment to
    return the vehicle within the authorized term, and not to perform acts or
    omissions that may constitute infringement or crimes due to its bad use or
    destination.
    d) Guarantee the payment of the fiscal credits that may result if not returning the
    vehicle within the anticipated term or due to infringements mentioned in the
    applicable laws, through cash deposit, for the amount corresponding to the
    vehicle’s model.
    Model Import of the guarantee
    1999 to 2004 US$400
    1994 to 1998 US$300
    Previous models US$200
    BANJERCITO is authorized to receive in cash the guarantee and payment for the
    negotiation, also to generate the documents that protect the provisional importation of
    the vehicle, to cancel the guarantee and, when it may be the case, return the amount
    mentioned above, so long as the importer returns the vehicle to the foreign country
    within the set time and the return be recorded at any of the BANJERCITO branch
    located at the borders of the North and South of the country.
    Otherwise, BANJERCITO will wire transfer the amount of the previously mentioned
    guarantee to the Treasurer’s Office of the Federation on the next working day following
    the date on which the term of the provisional importation expires.
    Pay BANJERCITO an amount in national currency, equivalent to US$27.00 (plus
    corresponding tax) to pay for the Provisional Importation of the Vehicle in the Border and
    US$35.20 in the Consulates specified in the numeral 3.2.2.2. (We recommend you to
    check the current mount in BANJERCITO)
    If you have questions about the procedures or requirements you can make a free phone
    call If you are in the country at: 01-800-112-05-84, from the United States or Canada 1-
    800-475-23-93, or direct to BANJERCITO at: 1-866-356-00-88 or by e-mail at
    www.banjercito.gob.mx
    It is important to mention that when making the payment with an international credit or
    debit card, issued abroad in the name of the importer, he/she will be relived from
    granting the guarantee mentioned in clause d).
    f) Not to have previously imported a vehicle that has not been returned to the foreign
    country, or if the vehicle was returned, and the return was not recorded at any of the
    BANJERCITO branches.

    That having been said, I have never been asked for a title at the border.

    Ride Safe,
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  11. Jammin

    Jammin Integrating back into society

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    Kieth,
    From the bajabound website, they say that buying the vehicle permit online costs $50 while at the border it's $30. Is this $20 difference worth not standing in line?

    I'm planning to cross over at Ojinaga (near Big Bend). Would they usually have long lines?
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  12. Genghis Swan

    Genghis Swan Been here awhile

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    Ojinaga is not a busy crossing so the wait time should be minimal. I have also found the Ojinaga staff to be friendlier than most.
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