In order to purchase a house or vehicle in Mexico, you will need to register for a CURP number.
What is a CURP?
The acronym is the Spanish term for a “Unique Population Registry Code.” This is the 18-character code that is assigned to every Mexican citizen and resident. It consists of 15 digits: three letters followed by 13 numbers and can be used to identify individuals anywhere in Mexico or abroad.
CURP’s are also referred to as Clave Única de Registro Poblacional (CUURP), because they are unique across the country, meaning no two people have the same one. They’re typically used on government documents like passports, driver’s licenses and other identification cards so that no one can ever pretend they are someone else with a fake CURP number.
Who can get a CURP number?
The CURP is a unique personal identification number given to all Mexican citizens and legal permanent residents. It stands for Clave Única de Registro de Población, or Single Registry Code of Population.
The CURP number is required to open a bank account in Mexico, so it’s important if you are planning on living there long-term. You will also need one if you want any Mexican government services—things like your driver’s license, social security card (IMSS), immigration paperwork and voter registration require a CURP number. If you have children attending public schools in Mexico City or Monterrey then they need a CURP as well!
Where to get a CURP number?
It is possible to get a CURP number from the Mexican Tax Administration Service (Servicio de Administración Tributaria, or SAT). To do so, you must present:
- Your passport
- A copy of your birth certificate
- Your visa (if applicable)
Eligibility requirements to apply for a CURP number.
In order to apply for a CURP number, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- You must be over 18 years of age.
- You must be a citizen or resident of Mexico. (If you are not sure whether you are considered a resident, ask your local government.)
- You will need proof of identity and address in Mexico—either an official document that states where you live or proof that shows your address within Mexico (e.g., bank statements).
How to apply for a CURP number in Mexico.
You must go to the immigration office to request a CURP number. The following forms must be filled out:
- Application for Registration of Foreigner
- Personal Data Form (Ficha de Datos Personales)
The documents below will also be required:
- Passport with valid visa, if applicable; this may not be necessary if you have already submitted your passport and visa when you applied for residency in Mexico.
- Mexican address, such as a utility bill or property deed with your name on it.
Once you have completed these steps and paid the fee, you should receive your CURP number within two weeks!
A CURP number is essential for anyone living in Mexico to open bank accounts, pay taxes and more.
A CURP number is essential for anyone living in Mexico to open bank accounts, pay taxes and more. It’s a unique nine-digit identification number that is given to Mexican citizens and residents by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI).
This number is important because it allows you to identify yourself as part of the national registry. This will allow you to do things like open bank accounts, get a driver’s license or vehicle title, obtain certain government benefits, pay taxes and more.
If you’re looking for more information about living and working in Mexico, check out the resources page on our website. We’ll do our best to keep it up-to-date, and we hope it helps!