Banjercito in Mexico: Services and Permits

Type Banjercito into Google Maps and you will see locations scattered across Mexico. The highest concentration of offices are located at land border crossings. They are also prominent at travel junctures where vehicle permits are needed.

So what exactly is a Banjercito and what purpose does it serve?

The Banjercito is a military bank that is used for serving vehicle imports and permitting. As it pertains to tourists, this is where you get a Temporary Import Permit for a foreign plated vehicle after crossing the Mexican border. It’s also where you return and cancel that same permit.

Don’t mix the office up with immigration, which handles the visa and entry processes for people. Immigration offices are referred to as the Aduana and this is where tourists will receive a Mexican FMM visa at the land borders and airports.

For those who need to complete paperwork online, here is the official website. As always, we recommend using this for information gathering. It’s much easier and less error-prone to complete your temporary import permit (permisos vehicular) at a physical location.

Locations in Mexico

You will find quite a few banjercito locations in Mexico. Offices change locations on occasion. It’s always a good idea to double check online before navigating to any of these places.

Baja Locations

Note that you will find fewer options in Baja. A TIP is not needed for the peninsula as everything falls within the free zone here. There are still strategic offices where you can get permitting done at the border or near port zones.

  • Tijuana
  • Otay Mesa – At the border.
  • Tecate – Located right at the border.
  • Mexicali East
  • Ensenada
  • La Paz – You can obtain a TIP at the ferry terminal

Other Border Locations

Most of the border crossings will have an Aduana and Banjercito present. This includes crossings along the Arizona, New Mexico and Texas borders. Sonora is similar to Baja in that portions of the region do not require a temporary import permit. That said, you can find these offices at the majority of crossings. Make sure to double check as always.

Banjercito Locations in the USA

You can also visit one of the few Banjercitos in the United States. They help complete paperwork ahead of your trip. If you have anything complex regarding your residency status and need answers, these locations are a great resource. You are also more likely to find bilingual agents.

Texas Bajercito Offices:

  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Austin, TX

California Banjercito Offices

  • San Bernadino
  • Sacramento
  • Los Angeles

Other Locations:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Denver, CO

Temporary Residents Still Need a TIP

We have covered the fact that tourists require a temporary import permit. It will match your FMM visa duration. Temporary residents also require a TIP to drive a foreign plated vehicle. The duration will match the dates on your resident card. Visiting a Banjercito office is still the primary means of obtaining your documents.

That’s all folks. It’s a pretty simple office that handles some very import documents for anyone driving a foreign plated vehicle in Mexico.