April 28, 2017 Update
The RETORNO SEGURO permit program has been shifted back to local~regional Aduana~SAT offices. The Aduana~SAT central “Distrito Federal” office has decided to no longer process Retorno Seguor permit applications. This is a blessing, because the local~regional Aduana~SAT offices (like our Hacienda~SAT office in north Merida) was able to process the applications in a week or less ~ while the national SAT office in Distrito Federal was horribly slow (4 – 6 weeks). SAT offers this form to file for a Retorno Seguro permit: http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5416019&fecha=19/11/2015
Click here for more details on Retorno Seguro permits:
~ What to Do If Your Car Becomes “Illegal” – The Retorno Seguro Program / Permit
The application form is half way down the DOF web page:
“Solicitud de autorizacion para el retorno de vehiculos extranjeros con permiso de importacion temporal de vehiculos vencidos, de conformidad con la regla 4.2.20”
Complete the form and take copies of these documents to your local~regional SAT office:
2. Utility bill 90 days in any name which will be address used for courier
3. Driver’s License (Mexican, Canadian or American)
4. Visa front and back
5. Vehicle Title
6. Receipt proving payment of the original Temporary Import Permit
7. Permiso de Importacion Vencido (the original paper document that also contained your windshield permit)
If a person other than vehicle owner will be driving the car in the accompanying letter you must state their full name as on their passport and provide a copy of their Drivers license ID.
The Retorno Seguro permit is still free.
See more details at our main article on Importing Cars and Driving in Mexico:
Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico
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