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Getting a CURP Number for Foreigners with Residency in Mexico

Last Update: March 13, 2024

The CURP, short for “Clave Única de Registro de Población,” which translates to Unique Population Registry Code in English, it is an 18 digit alphanumeric code, and is akin to Mexico’s version of a Social Security or Social Insurance number. It serves as a unique identification number assigned to each individual living in Mexico and remains unchanged throughout one’s lifetime.

If you are residing in Mexico and possess a  Temporary Resident Card or Permanent Resident Card, it’s crucial to understand that the CURP is now automatically generated and printed on your residency card as part of the residency application process. There is no longer a necessity to apply for it separately.

The CURP plays a vital role in various administrative procedures within Mexico. It is indispensable when applying for a Mexican driver’s license, registering a vehicle, seeking employment, obtaining an RFC (Registro Federal de Contribuyentes – a tax identification number), which would enable you to file taxes, start a business, or open a bank account. Furthermore, a CURP is required for Civil Registry matters and to access government services such as healthcare and the INAPAM senior discount program.

As the CURP is now automatically generated during the residency application process, it will be given to applicants along with their Temporary Resident Card or Permanent Resident Card. It is important to consider that although your CURP is already printed on your card, some agencies may require it in PDF format, which can be downloaded from: https://www.gob.mx/curp/

This update significantly streamlines the administrative requirements for residents in Mexico, eliminating the need for a separate CURP application and ensuring a smoother immigration process.

For any questions or assistance with immigration in Mexico, please do not hesitate to contact Mexlaw’s team of immigration experts for guidance and support. We are here to help you navigate through the process smoothly.