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Old 05-02-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Tourist card (FMM) and buying a vehicle

Retiring at the end of the year and we own a place in Q Roo (outside Playa Del Carmen). Our current plan is to stay there 3 mos starting next Jan, and 6 mos each year until my wife is ok with selling everything and moving there. So that is the unknown, not sure if we will be living there most of the year within 2 - 3 years or change our plans and get a place elsewhere. Anyway, rather than going through the temporary visa hurdles we plan on getting permanent visas this visit, and renting a car in January until we buy or lease a vehicle and leave it there.

But since we don't plan to stay longer than 6 mos/year, for the near future, at least, I'm reading that in some states a snowbird that owns property in Mexico and stays the 180 days/year on a tourist card (FMM) can buy or lease and register a car and leave it at their residence. The one benefit is not going through the visa process until we are sure we are moving there. Is that an option in Q Roo?

Obviously we don't want to get there on a tourist card and find out we cannot do this, so I will be contacting our lawyer with this question as well. But feedback here from anyone who has had this experience in Q Roo or is knowledgeable on the subject would be appreciated!
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Buying yes. Registration is another issue. Some people have found that a CURP is necessary for registration. Others have said they registered with an FMM.
Go figure.
It's not a big hurdle to go for residency. I would do that.
Oh...and don't necessarily believe your lawyer knows the law about buying/registering a vehicle.
I've given up on lawyers. Facilitators are the way to go for me.
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Yes it makes sense that facilitators who actually use the processes are the best resources.

The only thing with the visa is we need to travel overnight to start the process here. Certainly not a biggie, just thought if the fmm route was a valid option we would avoid the travel and nominal fees until we were sure...But the permanent visa does get the job done nicely.
Thanks!
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Buying yes. Registration is another issue. Some people have found that a CURP is necessary for registration. Others have said they registered with an FMM.
Go figure.
It's not a big hurdle to go for residency. I would do that.
Oh...and don't necessarily believe your lawyer knows the law about buying/registering a vehicle.
I've given up on lawyers. Facilitators are the way to go for me.
CURPs are easy to get.
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CURPs are easy to get.
It used to be.
I received my CURP while here on an FMM.
I understand now that it is only issued to residents.
That's what I was told. His name was Steve
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Another plus of getting residency is you can usually get a lot of discounts with that card.
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Yes good point, I forgot about the many discounts that come with residency
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I'm reading from another source that in Q Roo it is NOT possible to register and license a vehicle with just an FMM. So if true the permanent visa is it...
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I came across the following under "disadvantages of the permanent visa" on the Two Expats forum -

>> You will have to nationalize your foreign plated vehicle or remove it from the country <<

It was posted in July, 2016 and is relevant to Q Roo - is it still current? If so, if you enter with your foreign-plated car on a temporary visa, do you have the option of nationalizing that car when you obtain a permanent visa? If so is it a difficult process?
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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
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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
The information from another source -

>> In Quintana Roo you must have a permanent visa to register and plate a vehicle. <<

I know you can bring a foreign-plated car on a temporary visa and either take it back out of the country after 4 years or nationalize when you obtain a permanent visa. But this question is specific to buying and registering a car with only the FMM (tourist card, not a visa).

Did you register in Q Roo with the tourist card (FMM)?
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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
Are they registered in your name?
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The information from another source -

>> In Quintana Roo you must have a permanent visa to register and plate a vehicle. <<

I know you can bring a foreign-plated car on a temporary visa and either take it back out of the country after 4 years or nationalize when you obtain a permanent visa. But this question is specific to buying and registering a car with only the FMM (tourist card, not a visa).

Did you register in Q Roo with the tourist card (FMM)?

Yes
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Are they registered in your name?

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Yes
That's great.
But I know people who were denied.
Go figure.
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