June 6, 2015
This is just a quick announcement to caution foreigners driving UCD or ONAPPAFA plated cars to NOT drive their foreign-titled vehicle outside of the specific state for which it has UCD or ONAPPAFA plates, because the Federal police are currently threatening to confiscate GTO UCD-plated vehicles driven outside of Guanajuato.
According to an expert on UCD plates, with direct contact with the UCD national organization and with high-level Aduana officials: “ Federales are threatening to confiscate cars with a GTO UCD plate driving in another state including QRO which has its’ own UCD plate. ”
per “Sonia” of San Miguel Allende – an expert who has personally gotten 100’s of vehicles UCD plates. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonia/252211011634302
Per our previous advice on this, UCD’s are campesino organizations, organized in individual Mexican states, with NO formal federal and NO national legal rights to ignore Aduana rules on importing vehicles. The UCD organizations depend on their members, campesinos, coming out to protest any violations of their “rights”.
See past info on this at: ONAPPAFA – An Alternative to Paying Aduana Import Duties and Permit Fees? – The Article
For general issues and details on importing cars into Mexico, see our main article at:
Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico
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Disclaimer: This information is not meant as legal advice. It is for educational and informational purposes only. Government policies vary between States and offices, and Mexican Government officials have broad discretion in how they individually enforce policies, so, your personal experiences may vary. See a professional for advice on important issues.
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UCD and ONAPPAFA, please explain what these mean
I doubt that you have them. They are a quirk of past campesino movements:
The UCD and ONAPPAFA plates originated from various state campesino (poor farmers) private organizations who started issuing their own “do-it-yourself” (DIY) ad hoc license plates – because the poor farmer’s family members would bring American used cars back from the USA but NOT be able to pay the Aduana duties – creating millions of illegal American used “chocolates” brought into Mexico … without being imported through Aduana (no duties paid). The campesino organizations jumped in to rescue their members, issuing their own DIY unofficial license plates. Anytime the police confiscated one of the campesino org. issued plated campesino’s cars, lots of campesinos would show up at police stations and governor’s homes to protest the seizure.
Some “rich” but cheap gringos with Temporary Import Permit foreign-plated cars in Mexico smelled an opportunity, and joined the campesino organizations just to get cheap UCD or ONAPPAFA ad hoc semi-legal “license plates” (often less than $100 pesos a year) without ever having to pay duties for importing their cars.
At first, the campesino UCD or ONAPPAFA “plates” were accepted ONLY within their own states. By the time of the last national election, there were something like 5 million campesino voters who pushed for the Mex. federal Gob. to allow them to drive their DIY licence plated cars outside their home states. The PRI came to some sort of agreement with the UCD organizations to put the police on a leash, and to not prosecute UCD cars – but there’s been some allegations of fraud and abuse in the UCD orgs – and the ad hoc “deal” between the Feds and the UCDs appears to be collapsing.