Filing paperwork for Mexican (XE) amateur radio permits
Updated 16 May 2011
NOTE: The SCT office in
Tijuana, Baja California, has its own unique process for handling these
applications. Most other SCT offices around Mexico should follow the
process as described below. Once again, this information is subject to
change without notice, and some SCT offices may refuse to accept the
applications or enforce other requirements.
At the SCT office...
At the SCT offices, there is usually a clerk or secretary who will take your
paperwork and enter information in a computer. This can take anywhere
from 10 minutes to a couple of hours. Be patient!
Once all the information is put into the computer, a large multiple-copy form
is printed. This has an invoice along with a bank deposit slip.
Generally, the SCT offices will not take the fee payment, but will direct you
to a nearby branch of the Banamex bank. You may have to sign another form
that says you will make the deposit and bring a receipt back to the SCT office
within 2 or 3 days. You may be asked to sign the bottom of the deposit
slip as well, or the bank teller will probably ask you to do that at the
Off to the Banamex bank...
At the Banamex bank, you will probably have to take a number and wait to see a
bank teller. Once your number is called, you will take the deposit slip
(all copies, including carbons) to the teller. At this point, you will
either need to have the fee payment in Mexican pesos, or you may ask to
exchange foreign currency (or cash traveler's checks) to get the necessary
amount of pesos for the fee payment. The bank teller will stamp all 4
copies of the deposit slip, return one copy to you, and then you can return to
the SCT office.
Back at the SCT office...
When you return to the SCT office, you will give the stamped deposit slip to
the clerk/secretary who originally took your paperwork. You will receive
a copy of the invoice, stamped PAGADO (PAID), and you may be
asked to sign across the bottom of the invoice. At this point, you now
have to wait until the permit is issued in Mexico City. This can be
anywhere from 3 to 10 weeks. This is a change from the past, where the
paid invoice was all that was needed to begin operating from Mexico, but
CoFeTel changed that in the past year or so.
You may see a copy of my invoice from the Mexicali SCT office from one of my
previous trips. It will open in another browser window, with some fields
WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Mexican (XE) ham-radio permits