When expats with expired TIPs decide that they want to take their car to the border, they need to get a Safe Returns permit from SAT/Hacienda to legally drive their car out of Mexico: What to Do If Your Car Becomes “Illegal” – The Retorno Seguro Program / Permit:.
Here’s one reader’s experience in getting his Safe Returns / Retorno Seguro permit from Merida’s Hacienda office, to take a TIP car to the border.
“Keeping and nationalizing my 2005 vehicle is exactly what I have wanted and expected to do all along. So, the only difference now is the need to do it at a border. I can live with that.
I was (now hopefully past tense) planning a trip to Texas to sell the car and have visited SAT and have some bits of info to pass on regarding that.
The Hacienda office was busy with crowds of people but the SAT business is off in another part of the building to the left with no waiting lines. A very helpful girl there gave us the application form to be filled out in UPPERCASE with black ink. You can pick up the blank form, fill it out there or take it away, and return later to submit it.
1) original of the Aduana import document issued when the car came in. This is the odd shape paper the windshield sticker came from.
2) original of the car title
3) your ID, preferably passport
4) drivers license
5) current INM document
As always, originals for them to look at and copies of each item for them to keep.
You will get the full five days if intending to go to Texas. That’s five working days so if the permit is effective on any Tuesday through Friday you get the weekend days as a bonus.
SAT requires four days to prepare and issue the permit. For example, turn in the application on a Monday. Pick up the permit and begin your five working days of travel on Friday and have the weekend plus the following Monday-Thursday to travel. I would recommend NOT submitting the application on Tuesday because then the travel begins on Monday and you only get the five working days.
Note that you cannot turn in an application requesting travel to begin on some future date of your choice. The five working days of travel begin 4 days after you hand in the application.
Thanks for your help. I’ll let you know what happens with the rest of the import process.”
A satisfied reader…
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Further details on these issues can be found at: Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico and Options for Foreign-Plated “TIP” Car Owners in Mexico, esp for Permanent Residents
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