For starters, a TIP is associated with a visa..... one visa not two (you said 'our' visa). It will also reference one US passport number. The TIP will have to be associated with someone whose name is on the truck and trailer title.
You said that you were thinking of getting you wife an FM3. You didn't mention whether you were doing so also. If you stay with an FMM, you will have to exit Mexico after 180 days. If the TIP is associated with your FMM (and it will have to be if only your name is on the truck and trailer title), then the truck and trailer must exit Mexico too.
If the TIP is in your wife's name (assuming that her name is on both titles), and she initially gets an FMM, the TIP will continue to be valid as long as your wife has a visa that is valid.... and this will be true even if she moves to an FM3 within 180 days. If she gets an FM3 within 180 days, and notifies Aduana of this fact, the TIP will continue to be valid as long as her FM3 is valid, including any annual updates (at which time she must also inform Aduana again I think). The fact that she (now) has an FM3, and that the TIP is still valid because she has a valid visa, has no bearing on her ability to travel NOB nor with the status of the TIP. She can come and go and not have to worry about taking the truck/trailer with her.... they can stay in Mexico legally while she is away.
Your question of 'can the TIP for the truck and trailer stay in my name...', the answer is yes. But if you continue to have an FMM, you must remove yourself and the truck and the trailer before the visa and the TIP expire in 180 days.
If I'm missing something, I'm sure you can point that out.
(This post was edited by RickS on Mar 25, 2012, 11:23 AM)
Post edited by RickS
(Veteran) on Mar 25, 2012, 11:23 AM