Now that you live in Mexico or you are planning to retire in Mexico, it’s necessary for you to know you can obtain a CURP even if you are not a Mexican citizen.
What is a CURP?
A CURP is an identification number assigned to every Mexican citizen or Mexican resident. It stands for “Clave Única de Registro de Población” (Unique Population Registry Code) and it is similar to what people in the U.S. know as their Social Security number. Every CURP is a unique identification number with an 18-character string, and has no duplicate entries.
It is very important to own a CURP. Most government services will require it since it works as a national identifier. A few examples of why you might need it are: to get a Mexican driver’s license, file Mexican taxes, get free healthcare, job applications and Civil Registry records.
Also, if you’re thinking to retire in Mexico, people from 60 years old can acquire an INAPAM card and enjoy the amazing benefits of it, as discounts in: drugstores, airlines, restaurants, optical shops, hotels and medical laboratories.
How do I get it?
The process to get a CURP is easy, free and it will not take too much time. As a foreigner, the schedule is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
You must bring these documents to the Instituto Nacional de Migraciones (immigration):
-Passport (original and a copy)
-Residence card (original and a copy)
-A letter of intent (CURP request letter)
Here’s an example of what the CURP request letter must contain:
Now that you know, go to the closest Immigration office, get you CURP and enjoy the benefits of it!
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