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COUNTYWIDE : Mexican Consulates to Issue Car Permits

Tourists and visitors to Mexico during the holiday season will be able to obtain temporary vehicle importation permits at the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard beginning today, consul officials said.

The permits, which last six months, are required of everyone, regardless of nationality, who crosses the Mexican border with a vehicle registered outside that country.

In the past, the permits could only be obtained at border crossings. But starting this year, Mexican consulates throughout the country will issue the permits.

“We are trying to avoid unnecessary lines at the border,” said Luis Humberto Ramirez, Oxnard’s Mexican Consul.

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In addition to the permits, visitors may be asked at the border to present an original and photocopy of their driver’s license and the vehicle’s pink slip.

U.S. citizens also need to carry passports or birth certificates, and Mexican citizens living in the United States need to carry an original and photocopy of their residence cards, Ramirez said.


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