Sep 25, 2007, 1:36 PM
Post #4 of 9
I wanted to reply to this thread that I started with some details of what I have learned.
Re: [JohnBleazard] Where inside Sonora to get a Car Permit
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If you are in the Sonora Free Zone with a vehicle and want to go out of the Sonora Free Zone you need to get a vehicle permit, which I will refer to as the "sticker." You can get a sticker just for All of Sonora or for about $5 more, you can get one for all of Mexico.
Other than at the various Sonora/USA border crossings, the only place you can get a sticker is just south of Guaymas, at Km 98. I got this information from several people here on MexConnect as well as from an agent on the VisitSonora website who responded to the question about this that I posted there. Someone replied to my inquiry within a matter of a few hours, verifying that the stickers cannot be obtained in Hermosillo.
I went to the very nice, large facility at Km 98 south of Guaymas. I am not sure I understood exactly who all the "players" were there, but there appeared to be people from the Mexican government who reviewed and copied the necessary papers (my passport, my FM3 visa, the title to my vehicle, and my driver's license). They made copies of these and sent me to the other end of the room to the Banejerito people (not sure if I am spelling that correctly.) Here they examed the papers and had me pay for the sticker. I think it was about $32 for all of Mexico and $27 for All of Sonora, only. It is best to pay with a credit card. If you want to pay with cash there is a bond or deposit you must pay, a couple of hundred dollars, I think, that is refundable when you turn the sticker in when you leave Mexico. Seemed simplest to pay with a credit card.
Of course there was some confusion and a few misunderstandings along the way. The Mexican government guy did not realize that I could get a sticker valid longer than 180 days because of my FM3 visa. He checked it out with his supervisor and then came back to me and told me he was wrong, I was right, and thanks for helping him learn.
At the Banejerito window they got all wrapped around the axle because my FM3 visa, that I got in San Francisco, had been stamped showing me entering Mexico on 20 April 2007, but the FM3 visa had not been "activated/registered" in Hermosillo until 8 May 2007. I had to train these people as well, informing them that FM3 visa holders had 30 days after entering the country to get the visa registered. They finally comprehended that but did not know which date to use to determine how many days my sticker should me valid.
Again I told them boldly and confidently that it did not matter because the sticker would be good as long as the FM3 was good; that when I renew the FM3 for another year the sticker will automatically be good valid for another year, too. This is what I learned here on MexConnect. Maybe I learned wrong.
At this point the Banejerito people really put their foot down. No way was this sticker going to be valid beyond the number of days they were going to make it valid unless I came back there or went to the border to repeat the process of acquiring another sticker (or possibly just extending this one) and, what is most important, paying another year's worth of fees for the sticker.
Now I had gotten my confidence and boldness about this matter from things I have read here on MexConnect. Maybe I misunderstood. Maybe others have misunderstood. But I am going to be prepared to renew the sticker as a process separate and independent from renewing my FM3 visa and I will have to go back to Km98 or the border to do it.
This raises a question/doubt in my mind however. How do so many people so far away from the border or Km98, like the majority of people here on MexConnect, down in Jalisco, etc. how do they get their stickers renewed or do they? Do they (whoever they are!) send reps out there to Ajijic to your country club now and then to renew your vehicle permits? Or are they (whoever they are!) actually wrong...and MexConnect is right, the stickers do not have to be renewed as long as the FM3s (or other appropriate visas) are valid? If so, where, when, how do you pay for the sticker fees for another year? Or do you really have to pay?
"Inquiring minds want to know."