Aug 9, 2015 Update
While prior Aduana administrative policy was to deny Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) to Residente Temporals with permission to work, Aduana has changed its policy in the meantime to now allow issuing TIPs to working Residente Temporales (RTs)… with some restrictions. According to the Mexican Consulate in Denver: The RT can only apply for the TIP at the border, not online.
May 31, 2013 Previous Aduana Policies
In the evolving story of how Aduana/Banjercito were adjusting their official policies on temporarily imported foreign-plated cars (TIP vehicles) to accommodate the Nov.8 2012 INM changes, the central Aduana office for TIPs in DF (May 2013) started rejecting TIP extensions for WORKING Residente Temporal card holders.
Aduana DF ruled (both in writing and on phone calls) that Residente Temporal Lucrativa permit holders are equivalent to the old FM2 Inmigrante Lucrativa , and hence are not allowed to keep their TIP cars. When expats get their Resident Temporal card with permission to work, their TIP vehicle ( Permiso de Importación Temporal de Vehiculo ) becomes immediately illegal and must be taken out of Mexico.
Residente Temporal Lucrativa permit holders with TIP vehicles must either permanently import their vehicles, or take them out of Mexico. ( See Retorno Seguro for a free 5 day permit to legally drive your car out of Mexico at: What to Do If Your Car Becomes “Illegal” – The Retorno Seguro Program / Permit.
NOTE: AS OF 2015 THIS POLICY HAS BEEN REVERSED TO ALLOW WORKING RTs TO HAVE TIP VEHICLES.
For other options, also check out: Options for Foreign-Plated “TIP” Car Owners in Mexico, esp for Permanent Residents
Note that if the police find a TIP car being driven with an expired TIP (e.g. when you have an accident), they can confiscate the car permanently. Also note that some insurance companies use the excuse of having an invalid/expired TIP as justification to deny payment on accident claims. In the case of severe accidents, denying coverage can leave the car owner on the hook for $3 million to $5 million pesos of liability per death from an accident, regardless of who is driving the car…
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