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If you are a U.S. citizen crossing into the United States from Mexico by land without a U.S. passport, you may be slowing down the lines and increasing your wait time.
Adults and children with U.S. passport cards can save time at the border by using designated Ready Lanes that read the passport card’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.
You can find a complete list of Ready Lane acceptable documents on CBP's website.
U.S. citizens living along the U.S.- Mexico border can apply for their U.S. passport in the United States or Mexico. U.S. citizens living in Mexico can apply for their passport at the nearest U.S. consulate. U.S. citizens living in the United States can apply at one of more than 7,000 locations which include post offices, libraries, and clerks of court.
Temporary import permits for cars registered in the United States are needed in order to drive beyond the border zones in Mexico. Permits are enforced when driving approximately 20 kilometers into Mexico. Permits are NOT needed in the Baja Peninsula.
Banjercito is the government authority that issues vehicle permits. The process can be done online, at the Mexican border, or at certain Mexican consulates in the United States. The process involves leaving a monetary deposit that will be returned upon the cancellation of vehicle permit when leaving Mexico.
Find a full list of locations where you can apply on the U.S. Embassy in Mexico webpage.