March 2012, I was in Nogales to Nationalize (make Mexican)
my 2004 Honda Odessey. The importation or conversion has to
be done at a border town. I had to have a Mexican drivers
license. A vehicle that is 8 years old can be nationalized.
By the way, Aduana (customs) is on a fiscal year beginning
November 1, so my 2004 was "eight years old customwise" last
Nov 1, 2011 when I could have nationalized it.
customs agent met us at 9 a.m. Went to Km 21 to cancel the
2004 permit. Then the agent directed us through an
incredible maze of streets behind the vehicle crossing area
just before the border. At the first place a young woman
went over all the details and then affixed a brand new type
of sticker to the windshield ($40 USD worth!) that must stay
in the car. If the windshield is broken, I am supposed to
stick it to a piece of paper and keep it in the glove
through the maze the agent directed us to the final customs
office where I had to show my Mexican drivers license, sign
a form, and receive the last rubber stamp. And that was
it.....all in about 40 minutes. I was given a paper with
which I can go directly to Transito here to get the Sinaloa
plates for the Honda.
way, last weekend I emailed the agent with attachments:
copies of the Illinois title, my no inmigrante visa, my
driver’s license, the permit to bring the car in in 2004.
So, he had the info to fill out all the forms ahead of time.
really lucked out in finding a customs agent, Óscar Angulo,
who was bright, personable and effective (cell:
cost was $1,540.00 (varies with make and model, I guess) for
the "conversion" plus whatever the plates cost (and of
course, the cost of going to a border town which is the only
place this can be done). Customs wants the payment in US
Dollars not Mexican Pesos....which I found very odd.