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Old 08-10-2011   #61 (permalink)
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Al, his FM3 is rentista classification, or equivalent. We definitely aren't working status for Mexico. (Still have our businesses in the US.)

How did you get more than one vehicle into MX?

Do you think they'd notice at the border / banjercito that he already brought one vehicle in?
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Jessica, ONLY A RENTISTA IMMIGRATION CLASSIFICATION WILL ALLOW AN AMERICAN TO LEGALLY HAVE ONE U.S. PLATED CAR IN MX.
IF SOMEONE HAS A WORKING STATUS IMMIGRATION DESIGNATION - YOU CAN NOT LEGALLY DRIVE A U.S. PLATED CAR IN MX.
The above in bold letters is the current law in MX the way that I understand it.


Working status FM-3 (as also a rentista FM-3) is legally permitted to own a foreign car in Mex. Along with a tourist visa (but certain restrictions apply).


FM-2 status visa cannot own a foreign car in mexico without it first needing to be naturalised (imported).


Only vehicles made in the Americas stand a chance of being imported. But I believe there's it's case of 'who you know'
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Working status FM-3 (as also a rentista FM-3) is legally permitted to own a foreign car in Mex. Along with a tourist visa (but certain restrictions apply).


(1) FM-2 status visa cannot own a foreign car in mexico without it first needing to be naturalised (imported).


(2) Only vehicles made in the Americas stand a chance of being imported. But I believe there's it's case of 'who you know'





(1) Absolutely incorrect. FM-2 Rentista, and only Rentista can LEGALLY own/drive a NON-MX plated car in Mexico.


(2) Absolutely incorrect also. Only vehicles starting with the VIN number 1, 2, or 3 can be brought into Mexico and GET NATIONALIZED (Mexican license plates). The 1, 2, and 3 means the car was manufactured in either the U.S., Mexico, or Canada. The cheapest (tax wise) to import is a 10 year old (and exactly 10 year old vehicle). So right now a 2001 vehicle would pay less taxes to get MX plates than any other year.

Also, with an FMM (Tourist) one can import any vehicle for 6 months with a Temporary Import Sticker. A cash deposit of $300 USD or a credit card in the imports name is required. If you do not drive your car out of MX at the end of 6 months, you lose the $300.

As far as knowing someone...........I doubt that would help. It's the COMPUTER age!!!!!!!

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I stand corrected.

My generalisation embarrases me.

(...although I think point two is leaning towards pedantic)
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I stand corrected.

My generalisation embarrases me.

(...although I think point two is leaning towards pedantic)



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Does anyone know if I there is an Aduana and Banjercito in Punta Sam or Puerto Juarez that handle import stickers? I prefer not to drive to Belize if I don't have to. I need to update my import sticker with my renewed FM3. I've read that updating Aduana of changes in immigration status is required or you risk losing your bond.

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Does anyone know if I there is an Aduana and Banjercito in Punta Sam or Puerto Juarez that handle import stickers? I prefer not to drive to Belize if I don't have to. I need to update my import sticker with my renewed FM3. I've read that updating Aduana of changes in immigration status is required or you risk losing your bond.

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There is a Banjercito at the Habor Master Building in Puerto Juarez but they will tell you that if your FM-3 is current - you do not have to renew your TIS sticker. I assume that you are an FM-3 rentista?
I believe that there is an Aduana "office" there also.

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but they will tell you that if your FM-3 is current - you do not have to renew your TIS sticker.
You would be correct.
The sticker does not need to be renewed.
One of the joys of the FM2/FM3
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You would be correct.
The sticker does not need to be renewed.
One of the joys of the FM2/FM3
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Also, with an FMM (Tourist) one can import any vehicle for 6 months with a Temporary Import Sticker. A cash deposit of $300 USD or a credit card in the imports name is required. If you do not drive your car out of MX at the end of 6 months, you lose the $300.
The import sticker people told us this was not actually true. And so we keep our car in Mexico. And we did not lose the $300. Also if this is true why do they accept your import sticker back in Quintana Roo (and tell you, you don't need one).

As I mentioned when we met, almost all of my posts are simply rehashes of things I've posted before. I've covered this in more detail in the past. People will argue with me over this and that is fine. All I can comment on is what I do, what what the authorities have told me. If what the Mexican authorities are doing is wrong and what the American visitors say is right, its kind of moot. The actual custom and practice trumps all.
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The import sticker people told us this was not actually true. And so we keep our car in Mexico. And we did not lose the $300. Also if this is true why do they accept your import sticker back in Quintana Roo (and tell you, you don't need one).

As I mentioned when we met, almost all of my posts are simply rehashes of things I've posted before. I've covered this in more detail in the past. People will argue with me over this and that is fine. All I can comment on is what I do, what what the authorities have told me. If what the Mexican authorities are doing is wrong and what the American visitors say is right, its kind of moot. The actual custom and practice trumps all.
They are wrong at the border. They told me the same thing.
Samantha Mason (US Consular) looked into it and found that the "permit" does expire under the FMM but is "attached" to the FM3.
There is no Quintana Roo "free zone"
I'll look for the document that was provided to Samantha and passed on to me.
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I don't think my import sticker was attached to my FM3. I believe there were some new rules in August 2011 that Aduana requires notification when the visa is extended. That makes it sound like an annual process. I assume that you could lose your bond if you don't notify them. If you have your import sticker under your FM3/2, I agree that you shouldn't need a new sticker. My understanding is that you do need to provide them with copies of your FM3. I assume that is now annually.

Here is some info:

Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico | Surviving Yucatan (The letter is at the bottom to notify them of the immigration update. There is also some information on nationalizing vehicles 8-10 years now and a link that calculates the fee.)

http://rollybrook.com/car-in-México.htm (see the middle of the page)
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So, was stopped by the friendly lollypop sucking cop at the checkpoint into Tulum yesterday. Asked me for my import documentation. I pointed to the screen, he fuzzed and bizzed and came up with all sorts... "Infraction" blah blah. I told him he'd have to give me the ticket then and I would go and pay it.

He let us go this time "with a warning".

Looks like silly season is upon us so make sure you have your paperwork together.



First time I've been pulled over and asked about import papers in four years.
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