USA → Mexico Border Information

  • Border Crossing: Laredo, Tx
  • Day / Time: Monday, 8:30AM
  • Total Time: 2.5hrs
  • Total Cost: ~82USD and a $400USD deposit (refunded when you depart the country)
  • Items Needed: Passport, Vehicle Title, Drivers License, 5USD, 32MEX, Credit Card
Prior to crossing, I stopped to withdraw MEX Pesos (Exxon a mile or so away has it and insurance) as well as acquired some Mexican vehicle insurance. While insurance isn’t required to get a vehicle permit, it is HIGHLY recommended (some zones within Mexico require it by law). For motorcycle they only offer liability, which I got mine at their second lowest coverage for ~160USD for 20 days. This can be purchased online or one of the many offerings just prior to the border.

Crossing the border you will pay a small fee in USD (>5USD). Once into Mexico it is not very clear that you need a vehicle permit. I asked the American, when I paid the fee, how to get there. There was no immediate line to enter Mexico, however the opposite direction was extensive. The path I used was to take the first left and drove straight until I saw a sign stating “Modulo CIITEVwhich underneath it stated ‘car permit’. Follow these signs until you are directed into a building titled Migracion. Walk into the far left entrance with your paperwork.

The booths are numbered, which you will first go to number 1.

1: You will fill out a Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) to declare your purpose. Provide this and your passport to the clerk. Once he is done, he will tell you to proceed to booth 2 then 4.

2: Booth 2 is the Copias location. Here they will make their required copies of your passport/DL/title. The cost is 32 Pesos. Sure you can bring your own copy, but its better for them to provide it all. They will hand you everything back in a manila envelope. Head to 4.

4: Booth 4 is Banjercito, where you will hand them the envelope so they can process your permit, visa, and deposit. They will charge your credit card twice (permit then deposit). The costs were ~25USD or the visa/paperwork, ~50USD for the bike, and then a $400 deposit for the motorcycle (2007-Present, older cost less). Once they finish and you sign a few papers, you are all set.

There is a line to exit the compound. I am not sure if I was required to use it or if I could have just gone around. I played it safe and sat in the line, only to have the booth clerk look at my papers and say I was good. I leave that up to you if you want to wait in the line or not.

DO NOT lose your paperwork. You will need that if stopped by the police and its your paperwork to get back your deposit when exiting the country (through the exit Banjercito).

*Note on Insurance: Insurance can only be purchased prior to crossing the border. US insurance does not cover Mexico. If you need to extend it, you can always call the insurance company and pay by credit card. This can only be done prior to it expiring. Once expired, you have to figure something out (I didn’t need to). If you purchase too much, you can be refunded but only by returning to the place where it was purchased. If you get into an accident and don’t have insurance, they are more likely to put you at fault. Then you need to pay money and could see jail time. Personally, it isn’t worth the risk. Everyone drives as if the road is there for them and no one else.


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