Residente Temporal: Working vs. Non-Working and Foreign Plated TIP Cars
May 31, 2013
In the evolving story of how Aduana/Banjercito are 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 is now rejecting TIP extensions for WORKING Residente Temporal card holders.
Aduana DF has 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 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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