We have received recent email information regarding Vehicle Permits in Mexico:
This email has been circulating within our groups. I decided to talk directly with the Mexican Consulate in Belmopan. See the reply at the end.
Honorary Consulate of Belize in
Quintana Roo, México
According to the Mexican Foreign Trade Law and Mexican Customs it can only allow the entrance of foreign vehicles within a range of 20 kilometers starting from the border line. If you are thinking of travelling beyond this specified KM, which ends at XUL-HA, it is necessary that the owner of the vehicles carries out the necessary immigration procedures, then pays a temporary importation permit at the Banjercito premises, right next door to immigration where you clear your passport. This deposit will vary according to the model and year of the car, and will be returned once the owner exits the country. It is important to mention that the government will discount $US51 due to administrative expenses. If you fail to follow this requirement, the Mexican government has the right to confiscate your car and even start a trial against the driver. Which means that if you are planning on travelling to Bacalar, Mahaual or Cancun you need this permit.
Having nothing more to add, I thank you for asking.
Lic. Jorge Luis Valencia Gómez J.P.
Honorary Consul of Belize in
Quintana Roo, México
According to Banjercito at the Chetumal crossing, the fees are as follows – Autos:
2007 and newer $400 USD;
2001-2006 $300 USD;
2000 and older $200
Fees were to be paid in cash USD, or credit/debit card. Banjercito open 7 days a week from 0700-2000 hrs. Documents required are valid original title/registration and 1 copy, valid drivers license and valid passport with MX visa.
Here is the website link that lists current information: http://sat.gob.mx/BienvenidoaMexico/Paginas/permiso_vehiculo_eng.html
NOTICE: – PLEASE contact INFOSAT: 01 800 46 36 728 from Mexico, or 1 877 44 88 728 from USA and Canada for the most current information.
Also, for clarification regarding residents of Belize crossing, we received the following information:
Please note that visitors with foreign vehicles can travel within the State of Quintana Roo without a temporary vehicle importation permit. The current Mexican legislation considers the State of Quintana Roo as a Border Region (Región Fronteriza – attached file in Spanish with information about it). Nevertheless, if you plan to travel to Yucatan, Campeche, or other regions in Mexico, such permit will be required.
Also, it is important to take into account the following information:
- All foreign vehicles must have valid license plates or a valid official vehicle registration.
- Passenger or tourist vehicles may only circulate within a 20 km (12 miles) radius of the border. This is large tourist type vans.
- Temporary vehicle importation permits are not granted if the vehicle weighs more than 3.5 metric tons (7.716 lbs). If you have a large heavy duty pickup you might check the weight first.
The permit can be requested at the CIITEV (Banjercito) module located at the Chactemal Bridge or via internet (7 to 60 days prior to entering Mexico) by visiting the following webpage (Spanish, English and French languages):
For more details and useful information, please visit Mexican Customs webpage
(Spanish and English languages):
Third party insurance is strongly suggested. It is required for most vehicles circulating on federal roads in Mexico.
For more information please see the following links:
*Note both are in Spanish, but if you use Chrome, it will automatically translate the website for you. The PDF is only available in Spanish.
Many thanks to Loreta Randall CWF President and US Warden for Corozal District.