Mexican Car Import Stickers on Line

July 14, 2008

Well Surprise, You can now according to a poster on a sister forum now go on line and register for your Mexican Car Import Sticker and receive it in the mail before entering Mexico.

Here’s the website URL and the comments of the poster repeated here as a courtesy for everyone who hates long lines at the border (doesn’t everyone?).

” The above link is the Mexican Government’s website in English for pre registering your car permit to obtain an import sticker for your car.

If you received your temporary import permit online, the cost charged to your credit card covers the service fee for issuing the permit, the hologram and permit, and shipping charges to mail the permit/hologram to you. Your credit card is used to guarantee your bond…you are not charged that unless you do not comply with the conditions of the import law.

If you purchase your temporary import sticker at the border, the fee is less (there is no freight and handling charge). If you pay on your credit card, that card number is held for your bond. If you pay it in cash, the scale starts at a bit over $400 US (depends on vehicle load capacity). You pay it and, after you comply and take the vehicle out, the bond is refunded.

I’d advise getting your sticker NOB, if you can. We did not, and crossed back a few weeks ago, in the early am. At 6 am, we were told one of the offices were opening “before 9 or 10, whenever they get here” at Progreso, so we went up to Reynosa…same thing, but they showed up around 8. So, 24-hour crossing means just that…doesn’t mean that the auto services you may need (import sticker, insurance, photocopies you may need) are also open 24/7.

One last thing: several posters have shared that they needed a myriad documents; others needed the usual, so I printed out worst case scenario: 3 copies of FULL passports, FM-3, titles, registrations, copies of license plates, driver licenses, marriage license (which I had translated into Spanish and notarized.) I wanted the car in my name only. They asked for copies of picture and text pages of passport and FM-3, driver licenses, the first page of the marriage license and credit. They never asked to see the insurance policy. When I reviewed the “draft” and saw both my husband’s and my names on, I asked the agent to remove him (in case we want to bring in a second vehicle.) After some back and forth (“his name is on the registration so he needs to be on the import permit”) they agreed it can be done. We had no hassles because we had premade copies of every document known to man. However, if you have originals and insufficient copies, there’s a copy man at the next cubicle who provides this service, along with car insurance.”

If anyone has first hand experience with this procedure please share with the rest of us.

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