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Old 05-04-2017   #16 (permalink)
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That's great.
But I know people who were denied.
Go figure.
Yep, that's Mexico for you. Just when you think you have it all figured out BAM they change the rules.
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Old 05-09-2017   #17 (permalink)
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I have now bought two cars with only a tourist visa and got them both registered with zero problems, so don't always believe the naysayers
Brenc can you give some details about how you did this? Where did you register them? Were the cars new or used? When did you last buy? Did you get insurance? We are looking to buy an SUV or pickup here and possibly drive to the states in a year or so. We only have tourist visas. Any specific info is helpful! Thanks!
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It looked like it was legal in Jalisco for this and other things and not in Q Roo, but apparently there is no rhyme or reason? Very confusing

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I recently spent 2 years in Jalisco where there are lots of car scams. You can not register a car with a FMM tourist card there.
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I recently spent 2 years in Jalisco where there are lots of car scams. You can not register a car with a FMM tourist card there.
And of course the opposite was posted by a regular visitor (on a FMM) there who leaves the car in storage while in CA and pays the tax each January upon his return. An expert from there says it is indeed not an option, ergo the confusion...

But for us, even if we spend only 3 - 8 months there the first few years we will get a permanent visa and buy a vehicle. Just cleaner in the long run.

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But for us, even if we spend only 3 - 8 months there the first few years we will get a permanent visa and buy a vehicle. Just cleaner in the long run.
That is the smart way to go. Messing with USA or Canadian plated vehicles can be a real pain in the a--
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This experience was in Cozumel, so I'm not sure you will find the same but we wrote it out to help others.

We registered our motorcycle in October 2016 and used a lawyer because we heard the DMV wasn't allowing those on a tourist visa to register a vehicle. She knew the law did allow and was recommended to us. But it was expensive ($200) so when our friend moved here, and our Spanish was much improved we tried registering his vehicle on our own (with success!) Here is his account of what's needed. It still took many trips to the DMV!

In June 2017 I registered a new bike with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Cozumel, Q. Roo while on a 180 day tourist visa. There is language in a new bill that states only those with some type of residential status are allowed to register motor vehicles, but my friends who hired a lawyer to do their registration found a way to circumvent the new law.
The list of required documents given by the clerks is geared towards residents and requires a little interpretation for people on visas.
It took multiple trips to several locations to assemble the proper documents so I’m documenting what was ultimately required to get plates.

The following documents were included in my submission:
1. A copy* of the bill of sale. This is the document was created by the dealership. It includes my name, address, vehicle info (model number, serial number, engine number, etc.), and a stamp with the store’s number and address (While I saw this document when buying the bike, the store kept the original and did not offer me a copy; I had to return and ask for one later. I’m guessing this was an oversight on their part but make sure to get a copy when purchasing your vehicle).
2. A copy* of the front and back of my (USA) driver’s license
3. A copy* of my passport and entry registration card
4. My phone number and email address (have this printed out on a separate sheet of paper)
5. A signed letter** from my landlord confirming that I live at my claimed address. This was the biggest roadblock. The first copy was a very simple letter that just said I was renting an apartment at my address. This was rejected and they asked for “official documentation that I could receive notices and documents at my address.” The final copy states that “I live at said address, I can receive mail there, and has the landlord's name.” The landlord being funny and trying to ‘butter up’ the officials put a little extra sweet talk and compliments for the clerk. Might have been why it worked.
6. A copy of the front and back of the landlord’s INE (formerly IFE) card. This is not on the list of official requirements but the manager at motor vehicles asked for it and my friends who got a plate on a tourist visa also needed it.
7. A copy* of my electric bill at the claimed address (they also say they will accept a water bill, landline phone bill, or property tax receipt). Utility bills in your landlord’s name are still submissible as proof of address.

*Though they were not asked for in my case, the official requirements asked for original and copies of most documents. I would recommend also having the original documents on you if possible.

**It was never stated that this letter had to be signed but it did seem to help

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