Monday, April 26, 2010

What is a CURP and how do I get one?

What is the CURP? 

CURP stands for La Clave Única de Registro de Población.  The CURP was established as a way to register all citizens of Mexico, both nationals and foreigners, as well as Mexicans living abroad.  It is a unique combination of letters and numbers.

How do I get one?

If you are a foreigner living in Mexico, follow these steps to obtain your CURP:

1.  Make a copy of your FM-3 or FM-2 as well as your passport.  The copy has to include the page where your picture appears.
2.  Take your copies and the original documents (FM-3/FM-2 and passport) to your closest "delegacion".  If you are close to the Polanco area, I suggest going to the CONDUSEF office on Moliere #450C - 1st floor.
3.  Present your documents and your copies and tell the person helping you that you are there to get your CURP. 
4.  They will take your paperwork and have your CURP within 10 minutes!!

Why do you need the CURP? 

If you are planning on opening a business in Mexico, I highly suggest obtaining your CURP.  You will need it in order to get other paperwork, including registering for your Firma Electronica (Electronic Signature) at Hacienda (Mexico's equivalent of the IRS).

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