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Vehicle Permits for Mexico

Vehicle Permits for Mexico

Traveling only to Baja or Rocky Point? No temporary import permit (TIP) is required! However if you are traveling outside the Sonora Free Zone or to mainland Mexico, this article is for you! Good news - apply for a permit online at Banjercito and the permit will be emailed to you within ten days.

Please do not allow anyone outside of the Banjercito office to assist you with getting your permit. Walk into the Banjercito office to obtain your permit. There are reports of fake permits being issued by individuals claiming to be Banjercito officials offering to assist in getting the permit and requesting the payment in cash.
Please Note: Baja Bound is an insurance agency and can answer any questions about auto insurance in Mexico. For questions about vehicle permits please call Banjercito at 011-52-555-626-0500 x2637
Article Summary
  • Vehicle permits are not required to drive the entire Baja peninsula or Rocky Point.
  • Vehicle permits are required if you travel outside of Baja, outside the border zones (generally further than 16 miles from the border) or outside the permit-free zones of Sonora.
  • Looking for a Sonora Only permit? Read our article: Sonora Only Vehicle Permits
  • Vehicle permits may be obtained through Banjercito's online process, at a Banjercito office at the border or at certain Mexican Consulates (listed below).
  • Banjercito (Mexico's Banco Nacional del Ejército Fuerza Aérea y Armada) is the government authority who issues vehicle permits.
  • To find contact information for a specific Banjercito office, download Banjercito's Directory from gob.mx.
  • Don't forget your Mexican insurance policy!
Need a vehicle permit? Apply online!
Banjercito's online vehicle permit registration offers travelers to Mexico an easy way to get their digital temporary importation vehicle permit by email.

Banjercito's online application is for:

  • Vehicle permits
  • Boat permits
  • Motorhome permits
  • Sonora Only vehicle permits

Visit Banjercito's Online Permit Application

Tips and info about Banjercito's online application:

  • Permits may be requested from 10 to 60 days prior to entering Mexico by vehicle.
  • Permits may be requested for a vehicle that is registered in your name or that of your spouse, your children, your siblings, or your parents.
  • Permits for vehicles weighing more than 3.5 metric tons (7,716 lbs) are not allowed.
  • If you are a foreign citizen, before starting the vehicle permit application process, you must go to INM's (Instituto Nacional de Migración) website to apply for an immigration pre-authorization for your FMM, aka tourist card. The vehicle permit will be issued for the same period as that stated on your immigration pre-authorization. Once you‘ve entered Mexico it's required to visit the INM (Mexican Immigration) in order to exchange your pre-authorization form for the proper immigration document.
  • Banjercito requires a guarantee deposit upfront which will be refunded once the vehicle permit is returned to them when leaving Mexico.
  • Once the permit has been paid for, Banjercito will email the permit to your email address within 10 business days.
  • The permit must be printed and kept in your vehicle at all times.
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