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KarenS

Changing 6 month TIPS to Residente Temporal

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Our car was brought in under a 6 month tourist TIPS which will expire later this month.  Within that 6 months we received our Residente Temporal card.  We now realize we should have immediately (within 15 days) notified Aduana to have our TIPS extended - we didn't realize that and just presumed we would take the car back to the border at some point before the 6 month expiry and get a new permit.  So now what?  We don't have time before the expiry to get to our local Aduana office.  We aren't too concerned about the deposit - but how do we notify Aduana before the permit expires?  If we have already lost our deposit, does it matter if the permit expires?  Can we go to any Aduana office to notify them of our residency change?  - our intention was to just stop at the office at the border.  To make it more complicated, we are now bringing in a utility trailer with our Menaje de Casa - we don't want to import the trailer but to get a temporary permit with it as well.  Not sure how to best handle this.

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I'd ask Spencer McMillan, lawyer, immediately . He helped me with aduana issues in the past and all was well. Don't waste another minute.

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Ditto asking a professional for your 'complicated case'.

Your Post is somewhat contradictory (or at least it is unclear to me about your maybe leaving soon or not, but when and do you have enough time to visit Aduana before or not...) So if it is too late for you to get to the border with that vehicle, here are some gotcha's.... if you don't remove the vehicle from Mexico as you 'promised' within 180 days, yes you will loose your deposit. But more-over you will be shown to still have a vehicle in Mexico... all be it illegal. And then later trying to get that or another vehicle into Mexico WITH or WITHOUT a utility trailer will probably be denied. Probably.  So no matter when you do finally drive that vehicle out of Mexico you should definitely stop and cancel the permit on it even if it is expired.

After that, in order to get your Utility trailer into Mexico, it must be 'tied' to some vehicle. That vehicle and trailer will be associated with your Temporal  and can stay in Mexico as along as you keep extending them annually with your Temporal.  BUT you must inform Aduana during that annual process that you want to keep the vehicle and trailer in Mexico or you will be right back in the same situation you are in now..... having temporary import(s) in Mexico illegally.

 

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My office does the notificaitions to aduana, you are late and will probably lose your deposit if you dont go back to border but notifying will at least give you something to show that you did notify if you are pulled over. 

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