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by ellie.d, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 11:02 (3172 days ago)

Hello all!

I have followed this message board off and on over the past few years, and am finally steppin' out and saying hello! We spend our winters in Zihua. but will be more permanent as my husband nears retirement! So, hello everyone :)

I do have a question though. We will be bringing our car down, and will be using tourist visas for this trip. (We will look into FM3 papers at some point. ) My question is about returning to the border with the vehicle and then crossing back into Mexico for another 4 to 6 months. Does anyone know if there is a time frame that the car needs to be out of Mexico before returning it again? We have heard both extremes of "you can cross again the same day" to no, the car would need to stay in the states for 6 months.

Thanks!
Ellen

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by LadyM in Zihua @, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 11:11 (3172 days ago) @ ellie.d

Things change here often. Keeping that in mind. My parents drove here for many years staying 6 months and then going out. Sometimes they were out for only a week or so and drove back for another 6 months.

I would say for a definite answer you need to ask at the migration office or whatever office is in charge of vehicles.

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by Ernesto ⌂ @, Troncones, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 11:14 (3172 days ago) @ LadyM in Zihua

Check with Aduana at the Airport , the sticker is theirs !

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by Scott, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 12:21 (3172 days ago) @ ellie.d

I think the answer is that technically there is probably a regulation saying that the the foreign car can only be in Mexico for 180 days in any 1 year period, or something like that, if it's imported with an FMM (formerly FMT) immigration permit. I didn't bother confirming that on Google, but it sounds right to me. But the reality is that regulations in Mexico are usually flexible. So even though that is probably technically true, many people, including myself, have done what you want to do before. When I did it, I got stamped out and stamped back in by the same immigration officer at the car permit building. But things are changing in Mexico. I believe the US taxpayers have been giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the Mexican authorities to, among other things, upgrade their computer systems. So now that they're going all hitech, who knows how flexible the rules still are when it comes to immigration and other border stuff.

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by ellie.d, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 12:51 (3172 days ago) @ ellie.d

Thanks LadyM, Ernesto and Scott!

Guess we'll have to research more. Yes, we've found that it depends on who is working at the time as to what "official" answer we get. Sounds like all we can do is wait for the time we go to re-cross and see what happens. Who knows, maybe by this fall it will work out with my husband having FM3 papers and we won't have to guess.

Husband is already in Mexico....we are stuck in MN another month so hope you all enjoy the weather for those of us still "suffering" in the North :)

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 12:58 (3172 days ago) @ ellie.d

Our California registered car, which stays in Mexico, required an FM3 to bring into the country. In order for it to be driven legally in the country - only by registered owner(s) or their immediate family - the FM3 must be current.

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by ellie.d, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 14:32 (3172 days ago) @ frostbite

Thanks for the info. :)

We've only traveled with the tourist permits in previous years, which have to be handed back in when we cross back to the states. Every piece of info. helps :)

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by LadyM in Zihua @, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 16:57 (3172 days ago) @ ellie.d

Aduana was the agency I was looking for. That Ernesto is good for something.;-)

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by Garry, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 17:53 (3172 days ago) @ ellie.d

When I retired 2 years ago and brought my car down from Arizona I used the following website for information.
http://rollybrook.com/vehicle_permits.htm
He has a lot of useful info on his site about moving to Mexico and coming down for the winter.

Hope this helps
Garry

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by ellie.d, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 18:04 (3172 days ago) @ Garry

Great Info. I didn't know I could get a permit before we go from the consulate in St. Paul!! That will save time as sometimes we have had delays at the Laredo Migration offices.:-]

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by annyinontario, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 19:16 (3172 days ago) @ ellie.d

In 2009, I was told by immigration that my importation sticker for my car was good as long as my immigration document was good. So with an FMT (tourist permit) the car can be in MExico as long as your FMT is good, which at that time was a maximum of 180 days. With an FM3, my importation sticker expired when my FM3 expired and they did remove it from the car when I left the country.

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by Garry, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 10:40 (3171 days ago) @ ellie.d

I got mine in Phoenix at the Consulate it costs a few dollars more but saves you the time once you enter Mexico. When your husband gets his FM3 you can get the permit for your car at the the consulate as well. One the website I sent you you can print a copy of Articulo 106 which refers to the law regarding the legality of your Foreign plated car. I keep a copy in Espanol and English in my glove comparment. The police here in Zihuatanejo
set up road blocks in town and stop cars with no license plate on the front or non Mexican plated cars.
You keep the same sticker but it has a date on it which they will say it is expired but the law states as long as your FM3 is valid the sticker/sello is valid.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 12:25 (3171 days ago) @ Garry

Would you mind sharing that website? I'd like to put a copy of Articulo 106 into our car, too.

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by Garry, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 12:59 (3171 days ago) @ frostbite

No hay problema Here is the link for Articulo # 106 in Espanol and English.

http://rollybrook.com/article_106.htm

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 13:20 (3171 days ago) @ Garry

Thank you!

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Thanks Garry , Fantastic link

by Ernesto ⌂ @, Troncones, Sunday, March 13, 2011, 09:12 (3171 days ago) @ Garry

That is a great link , Thank You !