I am playing around with the idea of shipping an ATV to Cozumel. Anybody know someone that has done this? Any issues with customs or anything? Will it need to be registered if I want to drive it on the street? thoughts? advice? Thanks in advance!
Posted 20 August 2017 - 10:13 AM
HI Cliff, What is your status? Temp Res or??? I use Hyde Shipping oit of Ft Lauderdale, they're pretty good.
Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:40 PM
Posted 24 August 2017 - 03:41 PM
I'm really not sure of the rules concerning importing an ATV. For cars and trucks there are detailed regulations about nationalizing the vehicle that can add significant expense or make it impossible to register.
People do ride quad bikes, ATV's, and UTV's on the street. Assuming the vehicle has been properly imported, the only issue with getting Cozumel license plates would be that one normally needs a CURP for this. A local attorney, Gisela Rodriguez, has successfully registered a car for someone on the island without a residency status, but I wouldn't count on being able to do that without a lawyer.
For people with tourist immigration status ("visa"), you can use your motor vehicle with registration from your home country. Many people do this long after the registration back home has lapsed. The Temporary Importation Permit ("TIP") expires when the immigration status expires. That's a maximum of 6 months if you remain in Mexico, or the minute you leave the country, whichever is sooner. People who stay in Mexico long-term with tourist status leave the country every 6 months to renew their status, and if they have a car registered outside Mexico have to renew the TIP. That can only be done while entering the country (not within it). Lots of people drive to Belize, which is the nearest border, to take care of both. I have no clue what people with motorcycles do, but I know there are people with bikes registered in the US or Canada.
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