Finding and Printing Your Mexican CURP

Ever since the news came out that everyone, including foreigners, could obtain free healthcare and medications at public health facilities in Mexico simply by showing a Mexican Voter ID Card, a CURP or a birth certificate, I have been inundated with emails from readers asking me questions CURPs.

Here are the most common ones along with the answers:

1. What’s a CURP?

CURP is an acronym for Clave Única de Registro de Población. It’s an alphanumeric population number that is similar to a social security number. It is issued to Mexican citizens and lawful residents.

2. How do I get a CURP?

If you have either a temporary or permanent resident card, you can apply for your CURP at an INM office (those are the immigration folks that issued you that resident card in the first place).

3. I think I have a CURP, but I can’t find it. How do I get another copy of it?

You can obtain a copy of your CURP in PDF format for free by accessing the following government web page:

Consulta tu CURP

You should see something like this. If you don’t know your assigned alphanumeric code, click on the plus sign:

That will open up the section where you can enter your personal information to locate your CURP:

Nombres (names): If you have a first and middle name on your resident card, you should enter both of them in this field.

Primer Apellido (first last name): If you only have one last name, put it here.

Segundo Apellido (second last name): This is not a mandatory field. If you only have one last name, leave this blank.

Sexo (sex): Mujer (woman), Hombre (man)

Fecha de Nacimiento (date of birth): This will be in the following format: DD/MM/YYYY

Entidad Federativa de Nacimiento (Federal Entity of Birth): If you weren’t born in Mexico, scroll down to the last option: Nacido en el Extranjero.

Código de Verificación (verification code): Type the code that appears at the top of the screen.

If your CURP was located, your information should appear on the screen:

Click the button that says “Descargar PDF” to obtain a copy of your CURP and it should include your photo. I’m holding mine in the main photo for this post.

Note: Some readers have reported that their CURP did not include their photo.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Some resident cards have the CURP on them, some do not. If yours does, you can certainly use that in lieu of printing this document out; however, you may want to print one anyway so you don’t have to carry your resident card. It’s a huge pain to get a resident card replaced if it’s ever lost or stolen. We know one expat who recently had to wait over six months to get their replacement card. On the other hand, if you lose your CURP paper, you can always print out another one.

Linda and I do not routinely carry our resident cards; however, we do carry photos on our phones of the front and back of our cards in the event that we’re ever questioned about our legal status by INM officials or members of the Mexican National Guard (they have the authority to enforce immigration laws too).

Since moving to Mexico, we’ve been stopped and questioned by INM officials on two occasions. Both times was while driving through police checkpoints near our home in the Riviera Maya. The INM officials confirmed that showing them clear photos of our cards was enough to prove we were in the country legally and that it wasn’t necessary to carry the actual cards on us at all times.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

40 Comments on "Finding and Printing Your Mexican CURP"

  1. Thank you, Qroo Paul. This is especially helpful information as I’m clarifying my outstanding concerns for move to Mexico. May you continue to provide guidance on the journey for all concerned.

  2. Thank you, Qroo Paul. This is especially helpful information as I’m clarifying my outstanding concerns for move to Mexico. May you continue to provide guidance on the journey for all concerned

  3. The CURP was one of the key pieces of information needed to receive our INAPAM cards. With copies of the cards we received a 50% discount on our PREDIAL (property tax).

  4. Great info as always. Our CURPs are printed on our permanent residence cards. The CURP document was also emailed to each of us before our cards were printed out.

    • We never carry out resident cards because it is a HUGE hassle to get them replaced if they’re lost or stolen. We do have pics of them on our phones in case we’re stopped by INM — which has actually happened twice.

  5. Brenda Zallito | January 8, 2020 at 4:16 pm | Reply

    I would like to add that having an INAPAM card as a result of having the CURP opens many doors as well. I get a great discount on the ferry, ADO, some items from the pharmacy, etc..

  6. Paula Cavaness | January 8, 2020 at 4:17 pm | Reply

    So, as soon as we receive our residency, we can get insurance…
    Would that cover dialysis?

    • The coverage has been dramatically expanded but I don’t have a detailed list of what it covers at this time.

  7. Paul I finally got down to Mexico on December 1 2019. I haven’t been on either of my facebooks since getting here because well….I’m living in Paradise here in Crucecita, Huatulco, over here in Oaxaca.
    I will be living here forever and retired at 55 now 58.
    What town were you in the force in Florida? My uncle was the Sheriff of West Palm Beach for a long time and he and my moms sisters all moved there decades ago to Vero Beach.
    Anyway I hope you are enjoying your nap. I just had one as well. Isn’t life great? Big things on the horizon for my music, tennis and travel for the next half of my life. Hope to keep hearing great things from you two form over in my almost Mexico Home state of QRoo. The universe called me here for a purpose.
    L
    Have a great weekend as if there’s such a thing as weekends for guys like you and me anymore.

    Regards

    Tony Kendig

    • Congrats on your move down! I used to live in Winter Haven, Florida and worked at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years.

      Enjoy your retirment!

      Paul

  8. We have our permanent residence cards which have the CURP on them. Anyone know if that would be sufficient for the new free medical?

    • Yes, those will work. You just need the CURP. We never carry our cards because it’s a pain to get replacements if they’re lost or stolen. I don’t mind carrying this CURP because I can always print another one, if necessary.

  9. Hi Paul–When we downloaded our CURP’s my wife’s had her photo on it; mine does not. I tried a second time and waited several minutes just in case the photo was downloading. The photo still did not show up. However, we both have our permanent residency cards with photos and the CURPs on those. We also have INAPAM cards with photos. Those should be sufficient to get government sponsored medical care, shouldn’t they? And any explanation as to why my CURP record does not have a photo….admin error initially? GARY in Merida.

    • It may not have been uploaded into the system. You can always just use your resident card but if you don’t want to carry it, the form should suffice — even without a pic.

      • … Hi Paul, do you have any idea what type of coverage you can receive with your CURP ?, … Thanks,Mack in Progreso, …

        • Supposedly everything from routine colds to cancer; however, the plan is very new and there have already been news reports that it isn’t working that way. I’m sure I’ll be doing several more articles on this one as more information comes to light about how it’s being applied in the real world.

  10. Where is the CURP number of the resident card? Does it say CURP? We asked out immigration atty to get us CURP numbers but not sure if it was issued with our card or she never did it?

    • Many cards don’t have a CURP on it, neither of our cards has it. You should be able to find your CURP in the system, if it’s in there. Then you can look for that number on your card.

  11. Can someone shed some light on which hospitals ot clinics it if for. I understand it is not the same as the IMSS. Where van we find the local clinic’s or doctors who are covered y this?

    • You’re asking the same questions that Mexicans across the country are. The corresponding rules have not been written yet, but we are starting to get some direction from the Secretary of Health. I’ll be doing an article on it very soon, perhaps even today and if Linda doesn’t give me a honey-do list.

  12. Thank you so, so much for this info! I have permanente card and followed your instructions and now I have my CURP! It did take a few tries, however, because a couple of the websites required a second apellido or didn’t have a verification code to enter.

  13. If you dont carry your card, how do you prove residency if you are asked for it by an official? When i drive on the toll road from Tijuana to Rosarito many times there are military checkpoints and sometimes they ask for something that proves your legal

    Since i cross into San Diego i carry that instead of my passport, i do have my Mex DL but not sure if that would be enough

    • We have been stopped twice by immigration officials working at police checkpoints. We show them a picture of the front and back of the cards that we carry on our phones. It’s never been an issue. In fact, we started doing that after an INM official advised us to do that to avoid the risk of having the cards lost or stolen.

  14. Thanks Paul. Lynn and I will modify our ID procedures in the future. The CURP, Licencia de Conducir and a photo of the INM card will become standard carry in the future.

  15. OMG QRoo. You are the best!! You answer all of the questions we expats have everyday. You are right in top of what we all need to know and where to get it!! Thank you for all you do!!
    Carrol

  16. Thanks for the info, always great stuff

  17. Hope I can double-make your day – the information you provide is priceless!!! Thank you for what you do.

  18. I can’t seem to open the curp form. I know my curp?

  19. JEAN F GAUTHIER | January 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm | Reply

    Hi Paul! I have my CURP but no picture is that a problem?

  20. Neither my or my partners CURP was found in the system. Either by entering the actual CURP from our Permanent Residency cards or by filling out the requested personal info. Says not in the national data base for CURP. We’ve been Permanent Residents since 2013. I find it strange that we are not locatable.

  21. Good info Paul, I have this to add, see if you know anything about it. INM printed out our CURP sheet for us when we got our TP’s and told us we could have them laminated credit card size for carrying (top portion only). This was in Melaque, Jalisco.

    • Yes, that works too. If you lose that, you can always print another one out using the link provided in the article.

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