Last month Aduana (customs) published an updated manual for the temporary importation of vehicles.
This manual is an update of the last one published in 2014 and now clearly lists who can import cars and periods. It also lists who can drive the cars and once again reaffirms that the only document you need to show that your expired TIP (car import permit) is valid, is your immigration document and nothing from Aduana, however, you must notify Aduana whenever you get a new immigration document or risk losing the deposit you paid to get the permit.
I have made a 4 page file with the important pages of the 75 page document that every foreigner should print and keep in their car as it shows, in Spanish, who can temporarily import foreign plated vehicles, how long they may be imported for, what document they need to prove it and who can drive their foreign plated car.
The form to extend the temporary permits has changed as well and you can extend the permit when you renew your temporary resident card and do not have to go back to the border to do so. My office goes every week to present the extension notices.
To recap the document has the following information on the following pages (not necessarily manual page but a page of file I created):
1) Immigration Status or visa Types and maximum length of temporary importation.
2) Length of temporary importation and what document needed to prove it (temporary visa only).
3) Who can drive a temporarily imported vehicle, foreigners…
4) The importer can drive, their spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters, another foreigner who is tourist or temporary, or anybody else as long as the importer is present in the vehicle
Lic. Spencer Richard Mc Mullen is a licensed Mexican attorney (Federal cedula #7928026, Jalisco State cedula #114067) as well as a State and Federal Court authorized expert translator with postgraduate diploma courses in Notarial Law, Condominium Law, Contracts, Civil and Business Procedure, Probate Law and Municipal Law, among others. He has completed more than 3 years of a registered internship working with a notary public preparing, reviewing and translating hundreds of real estate deeds after a 20+ year career in mortgage finance in the US where he approved loans, did escrows and drew up deeds and mortgage documents for thousands of transactions. He currently heads up a team of litigating attorneys with offices in Chapala and Guadalajara, Jalisco.www.chapalalaw.com 376-765-7553, USA 805-683-4848