Mar 20, 2008, 9:31 PM
Post #7 of 14
Rolly, you are our hero. Thanks for all the excellent information. We have printed a lot of it out including Article 106.
Re: [Rolly] Bringing in car before having FM3
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My wife wrote you and asked:
"We are in the process of buying land and plan to build a house in Mexico. We applied for FM-3 visas but do not have them yet. We will drive a l996 Jeep to Mexico this Friday, March 21, and will be leaving the car there. It has CA license plates. We will get insurance through Lewis & Lewis.
However, we will be entering the country as tourists, and I don't know what to expect from the border customs and immigration officers. We were forewarned by our attorney in Mexico to not say anything about applying for the FM-3, and to just get a normal tourist visa on entry. If we do that, can we get a temporary importation permit at the border? "
You warned her that:
"you should understand that you would stand a chance of screwing up your FM3 if you get caught. I think it would be better to wait until you have the FM3 in hand for the follow reasons..
You must enter México within 90 days after receiving your FM3 and have it stamped by immigration. If you fail to do this on time, your FM3 will automatically die.
After you enter, you have another 45 days to register at the INM office serving the town where you will be living. If you fail to do this on time, you will be fined $3,000 pesos."
which was sage advice, which we will follow, but it did not answer the question of any concern about bringing in a car with a tourist visa, obtaining an FM3 after we are there, and what that means for the legality of the auto.
Your advice is priceless.