I usually try to keep my articles general enough to be applicable throughout Mexico; however, today I decided to do one about renewing one’s vehicle registration in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
The reason for this departure from normal protocol is that I personally know over two dozen expats in this area who purchased their first vehicle in Mexico in 2017 and most of them have no idea how to renew their registration. Since they all follow the blog, this seemed like the easiest way to get the information out to them.
When to Renew
You are required to renew your vehicle registration (tarjeta de circulación) every year by March 31st.
On select years, every vehicle in the state gets a new license plate when they renew. This occurs every three years and the next time will be in 2020.
How to Renew Online
You can renew easily online by going to the following website:
You will need your old tarjeta de circulación for this. That’s the small silver card the lady is holding in the main picture.
On the screen, enter the tag number (placa) and the registration number (folio) from the tarjeta de circulación. Once you enter the information, your information should come up with the total due.
If you have any past due fines or fees associated with the vehicle, those will normally come up too.
There is a link to pay online. Print your receipt and take it with you to the nearest SEFIPLAN office to pick up your new tarjeta de circulación.
You’ll also need to bring the expired tarjeta de circulación and a photocopy of your passport and/or your resident card. If you have a CURP, it’s a good idea to bring a copy of that as well (sometimes they ask for it).
A Note About Paying at the Office
You don’t have to prepay online but I highly recommend it, and here’s why.
Quintana Roo waives a tax called a tenencia, which is basically a tax on newer vehicles. The tenencia tax still shows on the bill for my registration; however, it is cancelled out by a subsidy on another line of the bill.
This results in a substantial savings because without the subsidy, the tenencia for my vehicle would have been $8,172 pesos ($430 USD).
We know of at least one expat who was denied the subsidy when she attempted to pay directly at the office. She was told that the subsidy only applied to citizens. She was finally able to get it but it took a couple of trips and some help from a bilingual friend.
When you pay online, you automatically get the subsidy.
Let’s Wrap This Up
I don’t like to wait until the last minute to do things, so I already renewed my registration for 2018. The total amount to be paid was $354 pesos, or about $18.60 USD. That’s a lot less than I used to pay each year back in Florida.
By the way, if you’re either unwilling or unable to go down and pick up your new tarjeta de circulación yourself, you can complete a carta poder and have someone else do it for you. To learn about those, click HERE.