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Old 30 Apr 2006
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Didn't check out of Mexico-Got a problem

I've been into Mexico 7-8 times since '95. About 4 years ago I exited Mexico and did not get the official "exit" endorsements for my KLR650 papers. I went back a couple years later with a different bike(still a KLR but newer model) and thier computors flagged me as already having a bike in Mexico. No entry.... The next morning I went to same office(different people there) and used my birth certificate as entry document and got thru. Apparently they traced me with passport number the first time and birth certificate is not as easily traced. Problem is....they miss-spelled my name when I entered with birth certificate so I still don't know if I'd get back in again..... Does anyone have any advice of how to "correct" my situation and "clear me" of my error of not checking out? I tried to locate the old bike(I had sold it) and buy it back just to take it to border and clear my name.... but couldn't track it down. HELP!!!
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A few ideas....

Make up an old bill of sale.
Try to get a DMV document for your old bike showing new ownership.
Have a DMV or LEO friend create a doc for you stating that the old bike was sold in the US. Stamps, seals and signatures could be helpful.
Fake some kinda official doc to the same regard.

Appeal to a consulate office.
Appeal to 1 (or more, if needed) customs office over the border to get it cleared.

I had a slightly similar situation involving a truck years ago and a customs guy at the Del Rio xing was helpful.
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Get bill of sale of old bike and take it and documentation of everything else to your local Mexican consulate and start crying. Let us know what happens.
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I had a similar problem....I had a buddy riding another guy's KLR back from Honduras....I had a copy of the owner's passport and the title, but no other papers...and came thru Tapachula...it was a hassle and had to get somedocument to show th eloss of the permit papers....and then show his passport and cancel the old permit....The Aduana was specific, they needed to see the permit, the bike and the person for the cancellation to happen...

OR you must pay the import taxes and some fines...and I don;t know how much that is.....

this has happened before....you will be able to work it out...BUT ...get ti done befor eyoru next entry IMO...
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The Irony of Banjercito

BTW, ever tried to WORK in Mexico as a foriegner?

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.................I fully intend to
forge one for my next trip. On this trip, upon leaving via Mexicali, NO ONE was
at Banjercito, even though they expressly state they are a 365/24/7 operation. Bullshit. So NOW I must go to the Mexican consulate in San Fransico and turn in my import permit. BUT, before I do, I intend to make a
nice color copy of same and do some fiddling. Most guys who check this stuff
have NO CLUE what they are looking at. You can probably do the same with
the now $21 Tourist Card, which for 30 years, was free.
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Beware....

I was pulled over by a Federale in Campeche and this guy knew the ropes well - even checking the VIN numbers on my bike against the document.

Having your bike confiscated could piss you off even more than the permit hassle.
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Of course your right Lone. The other "good" way

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Hi Everyone, sorry to join the discussion a little late, but I too am in a situation.

I and a friend entered into Mexico more the 6months ago with our KLR's and have been having a great time. Such a good time that we haven't left Mexico with our bikes yet and so haven't turned in our permits.
We are currently about 2 weeks over the time limit and I was wondering what the penalties will be when we finally make it to leaving Mexico and hand in our over-the-time-limit permits?

Is it a fine? If yes about how much?
Or is there a chance our bikes will be confiscated?

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forgot to check out

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Hi from your old friend Larry in Worthington. I did the same thing when I came back from Panama. We did not cancel it when we went from Mexico in Guatemala as we were coming back again. Well when I hit the Pamana canal I flew the bike back to Miami so still would show bike in Mexico. I had the sticker on the windshield till I sold the bike. I worried about it but have been back to Mexico 3 times once by motorcycle and two times flying in. I did not have problems but we were going into Nogales and they had changed the requirements I guess. We did not need to get for our motorcycle on that trip. I hope their computer gets sick as I would like to go down again and do not need to try to fix that kind of problem. Let me know how you come out. Larry
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Hi Everyone, sorry to join the discussion a little late, but I too am in a situation.

I and a friend entered into Mexico more the 6months ago with our KLR's and have been having a great time. Such a good time that we haven't left Mexico with our bikes yet and so haven't turned in our permits.
We are currently about 2 weeks over the time limit and I was wondering what the penalties will be when we finally make it to leaving Mexico and hand in our over-the-time-limit permits?

Is it a fine? If yes about how much?
Or is there a chance our bikes will be confiscated?

Thanks,
Gaby
My suggestion is to cross the US border, re-enter Mexico, cancel your permits...then ride home.
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Hey guys,

Thanks for the info and suggestions. I will let you know how it goes. It probably won't happen for another month, but we will need to cross the Guatemala border.
I assume we head to the Mexican border center, hand in our bike permits, pray that there is no fine or more serious consequences and then return at another point in time.
By the way, if anyone is around southern pacific mexico. We're still in this great town called Mazunte, not far from Puerto Escondido. Stop by and say hi, we're at the Rinconcito Beach.

Thanks,
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BTW, ever tried to WORK in Mexico as a foriegner? Suffice to say, it is very tightly controlled.
I work now in Mexico (legally). I found that getting an FM3 work visa wasn't that difficult, just a long wait (three weeks).
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Clearing name in Mexico

I was turned down entry into Mexico because I did not check out properly a few years ago. Found a website www.banjercito.com on which you can apply for a entry permit on line. I just did the application for it today and will let you know what happens. I have a different passport number now (old passport expired) so am hoping they don't trace my old number???
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I was turned down entry into Mexico because I did not check out properly a few years ago. Found a website www.banjercito.com on which you can apply for a entry permit on line. I just did the application for it today and will let you know what happens. I have a different passport number now (old passport expired) so am hoping they don't trace my old number???

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Didn't check out of Mexico-Got a problem

I didn't check my bike out when I passed through Mexico almost a year ago, and didn't keep the sticker or paperwork either.
I came back in from Guatemala a couple of weeks ago, with the same bike. I entered at the border on the northern road. No problem letting me in personally, but the bike was a problem. They couldn't use their computer to cancel the old permit. So, they made me ride 250k's south, back to Ciudad Hidalgo, (an adventurous little afternoon's trip in itself) where I had the old permit cancelled and they issued the new one. It was at the Banjercito office at the Vive Mexico border crossing. Oh yeah, and there was a $100 fine (cash, please!) for my trouble, plus the $29 for the new permit.

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