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Nov 13, 2013, 3:22 PM

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Directions to TIP Permit Station in Nuevo Laredo and Piedras Negras

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 After about 115 miles coming up the cuota 85 from Monterrey, and as you start getting into N.V., the cuota will end and 85 will be a 4-lane divided road. Watch for green overhead hiway signs noting the route going right to "Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Puente Internacial II" (Bridge II). There will be a lateral to the right that one must get into after this sign and approaching Donaldo Colosio. You will turn/veer right at this intersection.... the sign there will say Luis D. Colosio/ Puente Int. II

This 4-lane will take you, in about 6-7 miles, around to the border crossing. You will sooner or later see the Rio Grande River on your right as you approach the bridge. IF YOU HAVE TO STOP AND TURN IN A VEHICLE TIP OR OTHERWISE DO IMMIGRATION WORK, USE THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS. IF NOT JUMP DOWN PAST THIS INFO:

Prior to the bridge you will come to a signal light where you must get on a 2-lane lateral (Cesar L de Lara) which will start running right along the right side of Colosio. Also at that signal light you will see the first of the blue signs saying "Modulo CIITEV". They will point you down this lateral. You will stay on this 2-way lateral for 'several hundred yards'. It will actually go under the Bridge. Just as/after you go under the bridge you will see a large, long building to the left behind chain link fencing and another blue CIITEV sign directing you into the parking lot of this building. Drive up to the building and then 'down to the right' adjacent to the building to an obvious 'hut' where the agent will be cancelling car permits. There may/will be a line of several/many cars depending on your timing/luck. Once you reach the agent, the process is: 1) give her/him the ORIGINAL paperwork for your TIP... the sheet that the sticker was once adhered to, 2) she will match the VIN# on your car with the VIN# on the paperwork, 3) enter info into a computer, 4) take some pictures of the VIN# sticker, 5) tell you to pull off the sticker on the inside of your windshield, and than 6) print you out a receipt for the cancellation of the TIP. Keep this receipt forever! It's your proof that you did follow the law and take your car out of Mexico. If you also need to stamp your visa or whatever one has to do with an "Residente Temporal, Permanente or Tourist Card" when exiting Mexico, circle back to the main entrance of the building in that same parking lot and go in to an Immigration window. IF one is wanting to actually "Surrender/Cancel" their Mexican visa, one must go to the INM offices under Bridge I. To get there, just exit the parking lot at Bridge II and continue 'west' on the lateral you were on (before turning into this parking lot). After you pass under the roadway to Bridge #1 there is an exit to the left taking you into a parking lot. The INM offices are in the building next to the parking lot and it is marked on the door. Once inside take the first door to the right, also marked, and they will sign you in to process your 'surrender/cancel' request.

Once all is taken care of at either place, retrace you route back on the 2-lane lateral to the first place you can turn onto Coloso, then do a sharp right/U-Turn back onto Donaldo Colosio. You'll quickly come to a toll booth (Colosio is a toll) and after that, the bridge into the US and US Customs lanes.


Continue on Donaldo Colosio and you will come to the bridge where 1) Mexico will want a small toll fee for being on Colosio, and the 2) you'll drive into one of the many US Customs car lines to enter the USA.

While the directions above might sound complicated, it is actually pretty easy. I have just tried to be detailed in my description to make it somewhat foolproof.

(This post was edited by RickS on Nov 11, 2016, 2:21 PM)

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Post edited by RickS (Veteran) on Nov 14, 2013, 8:36 AM: Clarification
Post edited by RickS (Veteran) on Nov 24, 2013, 11:40 AM
Post edited by RickS (Veteran) on Jan 23, 2016, 5:07 PM
Post edited by RickS (Veteran) on Nov 11, 2016, 2:21 PM

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