Recovery of Stolen Vehicles
Listed below are the documents needed by the United States Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to support a request to the Mexican Government under the 1981 Convention for the return of motor vehicles stolen, converted or embezzled in the United States and subsequently brought to Mexico.
Original Title of the Vehicle
If the title is not available, you should present “Title Verification”, issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in the tilting state. According to the treaty, this must be certified.
*The title or verification of the title MUST also be translated into Spanish and notarized.
Where to obtain a Verification of the Title from Texas or New Mexico?
Texas Department of Transportation
Vehicles Titles and Registration Division
3160 Lee Trevino, Suite B-104
El Paso, TX 79936
New Mexico Motor Vehicles Division
P. O. Box 3290
Sunland Park, NM 88083
Police Report (Original Document) or Certified Copy from the Police Department
*Report must be translated into Spanish and notarized.
If the Police Report is from El Paso, TX you can obtain the report in English and Spanish from:
EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT
911 N. Raynor
El Paso, TX 79903
Power of Attorney (If required)
If person recovering the vehicle is other than the owner, a Power of Attorney must be presented.
*The Power of attorney letter should be notarized.
*The Power of Attorney must also be translated into Spanish and Notarized.
Current Picture ID Must Be Presented. Recovery Letter Fee: $ 6.00 USD. Our Hours of Operation for Revovery Letters are from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Certifications and Translations:
The Power of Attorney must be made before a Notary Public or other official empowered to administer oaths. The title, registration certificate, and police report of theft must be originals or certified copies bearing the seal of the issuing office and the signature of the responsible public official. Simple photocopies of these documents, even bearing a “true copy" notarization, will not suffice.
The Bill of Sale must be the original or a copy certified as a true copy by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The translator's affidavit must be executed before a Notary Public.
In general, any act (except failure to make payment) which violates a provision of a rental or sales contract probably results in a conversion of the property. If the act is part of a transfer of the vehicle to Mexico, the vehicle is probably recoverable under the 1981 Convention. Two examples of common acts which result in conversion are: renting the vehicle and failing to return it by the date agreed; and renting a vehicle for a specific trip within the U.S. and subsequently taking it to Mexico.
In event of conversion rather than theft it is necessary to establish a basis for a claim under the 1981 Convention. Documents establishing ownership (e.g. sales contract, security agreement) and the terms establishing the use of the vehicle, (e.g. rental agreement) must be presented. In addition, Mexican Government agencies require a police report of conversion (the police report is often overlooked by the owner in conversion cases).
If you have any questions about what is required, please do not hesitate to write or to call:
American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Paseo de la Victoria 3650
Fracc. Partido Senecú 32543
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, México
Although obtaining all these documents in the proper form may prove time consuming, it will avoid possibly longer delays that could result from the Consulate's presenting incomplete or inaccurate documentation to the Mexican Government.
The Consulate does not know whether a car is part of a legal procedure within the Mexican Court System. Should the vehicle be considered as evidence in a legal proceeding, it may not be released until the judge issues a final decision.
They do not speak English at the Mexican government offices.