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Banjercito's online vehicle permit registration offers travelers to Sonora an easy way to get their Sonora Only permit by mail (if time allows) or pre-register online and save time picking it up at either the Mexican consulate in Phoenix or at one of the Banjercito Modules located at the border in Agua Prieta, Cananea or Empalme.
The Sonora Only Program is a vehicle permit program unique to Sonora. The permit is less expensive (unless purchased online) than the permits to travel to other states, but the vehicle permit is only good for driving in the state of Sonora. In recent years the program was expanded to include many popular tourist destinations with the intention to make it easier to visit these cities.
The Sonora Only permit is needed when driving east of Highway 15 and south of Empalme.
The online system at Banjercito offers either pre-registration or the option to buy and pay online.
Features of pre-registration:
*Note: To apply for a vehicle permit online, you cannot use a birth certificate as proof of citizenship, but this is accepted if you apply in person.
It is important to bring all documents you used to complete the online application (as well as a copy or two). The documents will be verified by Banjercito employees. These documents could include your passport or passport card and vehicle registration or title. Remember to bring your pre-registration code. If you need permission to take the vehicle to Mexico, i.e. if you are making payments or the vehicle is rented, it is important to bring the proof that the vehicle may leave the country in the form of a letter from your bank or a car rental agreement that states the vehicle may be in Mexico. Remember to buy Mexican insurance before your trip. It is easier to buy online than at the border.
Bring all documents used to complete the online application, i.e. passport, and a copy or two of those documents as well as your vehicle registration or title, the vehicle permit you received and the sticker to be adhered to your windshield. If you were required to get a letter of permission from your bank to take the vehicle into Mexico, it is important to bring the letter with you. Remember to buy Mexican insurance before your trip. It is easier to buy online than at the border. Stop at the border for your tourist visa (FMM) if you need one!