Locating and Printing Your Mexican CURP

This past week Linda and I renewed our driver’s licenses in Tulum, Mexico. The renewal process involved submitting copies of all the same paperwork that was required to get the license in the first place: passport, resident card, driver’s license, proof of address (CFE bill) and CURP.

There are other times when it’s useful to know how to locate and print one’s CURP, so I thought I would do a post on it. Mostly so I can find the information in the future when I have to print it out again for some reason.

I realize that the majority of our readers have no idea what a CURP even is, so I’ll start there.

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.

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.

Instructions for Printing Your CURP

You can locate and print your CURP at the following government link:

Consulta tu CURP

If you already know your CURP, you can enter it in the box provided. If you don’t, click on ¿No conoces tu CURP?

If you don’t know your CURP, you’ll have to provide some basic information.

Nombre(s) (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.

Día de nacimiento: Day of birth

Mes de nacimiento: Month of birth

Año de nacimiento: Year of birth

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

Estado (Mexican State of Birth): If you weren’t born in Mexico, scroll down to the last option: Nacido en el Extranjero.

If you did everything correctly, your information should come up.

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

It’s as easy as that.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Some of the resident cards have the CURP on them and some do not. If yours does and you are already submitting a copy of resident card as part of your paperwork, it’s possible that you might not have to submit a copy of the CURP itself.

In my experience, I have found that it’s better to have too much paperwork with you than not enough. The day we went to renew our licenses, we saw several people get turned away because they lacked a document or two.

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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.

26 Comments on "Locating and Printing Your Mexican CURP"

  1. Thanks.I’ve been meaning to print mine out just for the heck of it. I don’t have any utility bills. But,one day I hope to get a driver’s license just to have one.

  2. I should have had it with me to get my appointment for new car plates, they did not accept my CURP. Now it’s been taken care of, but in SMA many US residents had the same problem. Great reminder.
    Linda Mellish

  3. Paul: do you know if you’re renting, if its ok if your name is not on the CFE bill for the driver’s license office? I think I’ve heard that’s fine, but wanted to see what you knew.

    • We had a neighbor with that issue and they had to complete another form called a “constancia de residencia” with sworn signatures and attached IDs from people who can sear that you live there, or a copy of the rental agreement, or an affidavit from the person listed on the CFE bill stating that you reside there.

  4. Hola Paul!

    Great info as always. Just as a suggestion, we have a flash drive that’s in our “travel bag” with digital copies of driver’s licenses, passports, resident cards, etc. PDF’s of our CURP’s are on it too. Always handy.

  5. Really helpful Paul. You and Linda provide such service. Saludos from San Miguel,
    George Woodward

  6. You probably mentioned the cost in your earlier article but how much? AND is there a test to take or just show papers? Take photo? Good for a year I think
    As usual a handy article!

  7. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this important information. So, I live in Queretaro and I need to go to Migracion to get an application? That was hell for my visa!

    • It is much easier to get the CURP. It may have already been assigned. I recommend you check the site first following the directions in the post. You just never know. 🙂

  8. Hi Paul,

    Great article as usual!

    My Q is: can anyone with an expiring Quintana Roo driver’s licence renew anywhere in Quintana Roo?

    Thank you

    • We asked the DL folks about this awhile back and we were told that you can only renew in the municipality where you reside.

  9. will ingersoll | September 21, 2020 at 10:09 am |

    My permanente has a curp number on it So good to check

  10. Hey Paul. Great post. I have a stupid question. I have permanent residence status and I own a condo. I have an atv but I’m considering purchasing a vehicle. Is it required that I get an MX driver’s license? And any tips on doing that? Go to the police station? Municipal bldg?

    • Traffic laws and requirements vary greatly from state to state and even municipality to municipality. You don’t need a Mexican DL where we live but it is possible that doesn’t mean it won’t be a requirement where you are.

  11. Catherine Jones | September 21, 2020 at 11:21 am |

    Thank you for that information my husband is going tomorrow to renew his licence. I’m not sure if you have online renewal there but we do in Sinaloa you just sign up for it. Our curb information is on our licence here too,

  12. Kathy Breakfield | September 21, 2020 at 11:48 pm |

    Good info! Muchas gracias!

  13. Your blog is so useful. I’ve been printing pages and pages since I discovered it a week ago. We’re planning to move to Merida some time in the future and reading all this will save me a lot of time I’m sure. Thanks! I plan to sign up for your Patreon as soon as our move is confirmed which may be sooner or later. My husband the breadwinner lost his job 4 months ago and we are planning to retire early if he does not find another job within the next few months.

    • Sorry to hear about your husband losing his job. I’ve been hearing from a lot of people who are pondering making a move to Mexico due to similar circumstances. I’m glad that you find the blog useful. 🙂

      • Yes, there will be probably be a wave after the elections and when travel can start again. In the meantime I’m brushing up on my Spanish (B2/C1 level now but not enough I’m afraid)

        • B2/C1 level puts you way ahead of 99% of the native English-speaking expats that I have met over the years.

  14. How did you get your picture on your CURP?

    • I’m not really sure. When I pulled mine and Linda’s up to print them, the picture we submitted for our resident cards was on them.

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