SCT office in Tijuana, Baja California
Updated 22 December 2008
NOTICE: Some of this information has been provided to me by
Rod AC6V (now SK), on
behalf of others in the San Diego CA area who visit this office for their
Mexican ham permits. I have never visited this office, nor have I
tried the process that this office uses. This is presented as a convenience for those who do not want to drive to Mexicali for this
paperwork. You should find a good map of Tijuana before attempting
to drive to this office. Taxi cabs may be a way to get there without
having to drive there yourself.
The Tijuana SCT office is now located on Avenida Fuerza Aerea in Colonia
Aeropuerto (a neighborhood near the Tijuana International Airport).
There are a couple of phone numbers listed for this location on the
web site. I do not have a map of this location, as I did in the
past with the previous location of this office.
Differences in the application process for Tijuana SCT office
Unlike most other SCT offices, the entire process is handled in this
office. As far as I (WD9EWK) have heard, nobody who applies for a
permit from here ever sees the XE permit issued from Mexico City. A piece of
paper is provided by this office, and this is the only authorization foreign
amateur operators get from here.
Some have reported to me via e-mail that the process at this office is
now closer to how it is done at other offices including at Mexicali -
file paperwork at the office, go to a Banamex bank to deposit the fee
payment, then return to the office to get your invoice stamped PAGADO
For me (WD9EWK), if the SCT office wants you to pay the fee at the office
and not at a bank, and you never get any paperwork back from Mexico City
for your official permit, this is strange - even by Mexican standards.
Most SCT offices in other parts of Mexico do not want to handle the fee
payment, and will send the applicant to a nearby Banamex bank to deposit the
fee into an SCT bank account. No mention of any restrictions on permits
for USA amateurs is apparently made by the Tijuana SCT office, even though
there are restrictions for those amateurs (no contest operating, no
DXpeditions, no operating from Mexican islands) is spelled out in a 1991
agreement between the governments of the USA and Mexico. Proceed at your
own risk - in getting to this office, and operating with whatever paperwork
you receive from this office.
Additional information regarding the Tijuana SCT office
There is an American ham who lives in Tijuana, Patrick
XE2/KB6OXX, who is more familiar with the situation in
Tijuana and could be of assistance. As not to send Patrick more junk
e-mail, his address is available from QRZ.com.
WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Mexican (XE) ham-radio permits - Where to apply for XE permits