Driving to Hermosillo from Penasco

brokenwave

Well Known Member
Anyone driven to Hermosillo lately? Are there any ID's needed at the check points like a Passport to drive from Penasco to Hermosillo?
My son is planning on a trip to Hermosillo starting at Penasco, but his passport has expired.
Is a car permit required these days?
How is the road?
Thx
 

mexicoruss

Lovin it in RP!
The road from Peñasco to Santa Anna goes from rough to smooth and back again and is two lanes only. Y griega and Caborca can be sketchy after dark. From Santa Anna to Hermosillo is on a 4 lane divided hwy which was very good early last year. No one checks passports and Hermosillo is in the free zone so no car permit is required. There is a toll just north of Hermosillo.
 

brokenwave

Well Known Member
The road from Peñasco to Santa Anna goes from rough to smooth and back again and is two lanes only. Y griega and Caborca can be sketchy after dark. From Santa Anna to Hermosillo is on a 4 lane divided hwy which was very good early last year. No one checks passports and Hermosillo is in the free zone so no car permit is required. There is a toll just north of Hermosillo.
Thank you Russ,
One more question, the car is in my name but has Mexican Insurance with my son's and my name will that be a problem if he was stopped?
Thx again, I still owe you a beer.
 

mexicoruss

Lovin it in RP!
I assume that the car is USA plated and that your son is not a permanent resident of Mexico. On the safe side issue a letter allowing him to drive your car.
 

brokenwave

Well Known Member
Russ, One more question, is a FFM visa needed these days? Just wondering about going to Hermosillo without one.
I haven't got one in many years. Thx
 

Buffalo Marty

Well Known Member
There is a toll just north of Hermosillo.
One note to add to Russ' comments, the toll just north of Hermosillo has been "taken over" by the public for what I think is going on 2 years now- same story with the tolls in Magdalena, Obregon and Navojoa.
It would normally be like 80 pesos in Hermosillo, but currently there are usually just kids there collecting "tips"- who knows where that money goes but I usually throw in 10-15 pesos...
 

mexicoruss

Lovin it in RP!
Russ, One more question, is a FFM visa needed these days? Just wondering about going to Hermosillo without one.
I haven't got one in many years. Thx
FMM is technically always required for stays over 72 hours. It's easy to get at the border and worth having in the event of an accident, you don't need the insurance company declining coverage because you are not legal in the country....y 2 centavos.
 

brokenwave

Well Known Member
Well that's a good thing to know, I know virtually no one gets them and many are there for more than 72 hours. Thx
 
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