Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit
Anyone traveling into Sonora or the Interior must get a Vehicle Permit. When you drive your car into Mexico, the authorities there consider it a temporary importation of that vehicle and they want your promise that you will return the vehicle to the U.S, so you will also sign a second document called a Promise To Return Vehicle.
To obtain the Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit, you must have:
- Valid drivers license.
- Vehicle's original title or original registration.
- If the vehicle is leased or is not owned by you, you must have a notarized letter from the leasing company and/or registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into Mexico. Be sure it includes the VIN number.
- If there is a lien on the vehicle, a letter from the lien-holder authorizing use of the vehicle in Mexico.
- Major credit card in your name (on a U.S. or Canadian bank). Use the card to pay the vehicle permit fee, approximately $11-$20. Note: This card is also used to guarantee to the Mexican government that the vehicle will be returned to the U.S. If you do not wish to use a credit card, you must post a bond equal to the value of your vehicle, a costly and involved procedure.