Guide to applying for EPA exemption for your foreign vehicle to drive in the USA
*Please note this guide relates to foreign vehicles shipped into the USA
Summary of process:
- Complete the EPA exemption letter
- attach supporting documentation
- send everything directly to the EPA by email
- wait for 3 to 6 weeks for their reply
*Important note EPA should be obtained required prior to shipping your vehicle. If you are shipping into the country, without them you may face large fines and/or may face difficulties entering the US
*Although EPA is only required for the USA, we recommend that you leave the NAFTA (Canada, Mexico & USA) area within 12 months as the EPA does not consider your vehicle exported from USA territory until it has left the trade zone.
*If crossing a land border into the USA, although you may apply for the exception
Applying for EPA exemption
To Obtain Non-resident Temporary Importation Approval from the EPA, this process can take up to 3-6 weeks to complete and is required before sailing; Required supporting documentation.
Read official instructions for applying for EPA exemption here
a. Non-resident Temporary Importation Approval request – Signed letter (example here)
- Your full name, current foreign address, phone number, Fax number, and email address (if applicable)
- Your U.S. address, phone number, Fax number, and email address (if applicable)
- Vehicle year, make, model and Vehicle Identification Number
- A statement explaining the reason for your visit to the United States. (work/school/vacation).
- The date of the importation
- Location of the vehicle and the Nonresident at the time of the request.
- The duration of the importation.
- Proof of ownership (Registration or title documents from the country of origin).
- Copy of passport
b. Supporting documents
- Copy of Vehicle Registration certificate
- Copy of passport
The above can be emailed to: [email protected]
To understand more about driving and temporarily importing your vehicle into the USA
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