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:
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.