Jul 4, 2005, 4:06 PM
Post #6 of 14
Yes, I have first-hand experience using the online preregistration. About 3 years ago, my wife and I moved to SMA from Tijuana where there is no requirement to have a car permit. We already had valid FM-3 visas. We got our code online and went to the main government building (not Colombia Bridge) in Nuevo Laredo. We were careful to bring the required number of copies of our documentation with us. My recollection is that there were at least four different lines/windows that applicants had to traverse and all of them were long because it was mid-day. We were directed to the last window (Banjercito) where the records were checked, we paid the fees and the permit was issued right there. Despite it being a busy day, the procedure took about 5 minutes.
If a person who pre-registers online does not already have an immigration document, he/she will have to get that done before the permit is issued. Nevertheless, they too will have saved considerable time if there are a lot of people there.
It is an assumption on my part based on your previous postings that you may be coming down via the Palm Springs area. If that is the case, you might want to consider stopping in person at the Phoenix Mexican Consulate where the visa and auto permit can be done at the same time. I have no idea, however, how long that might take you. Good luck.