Administration Offices in Mexico City
Contact details for local offices that deal with administrative issues relevant to people living in or moving to Mexico City - driving licenses, immigration, taxes and more...
In January 2016, Mexico City began the process of formally changing its name Distrito Federal, or DF for short, to Ciudad de Mexico, abbreviated as CDMX. This process will take two years to complete and will not be finalized until 2018.
The government has already begun a rebranding campaign. CDMX signs around the city have been installed and taxis have been making the transition to pink and white to fit in with the new brand colors over the past several months. Many government websites are now using CDMX when referring to the city and in their website addresses, and many companies have already followed suit. Google Maps has also begun to reference CDMX rather than DF. However, this transition is uneven, and many government offices and services still make use of DF in their websites and email addresses. For this reason, the names of official government offices and programs (and also their websites) may change with little notice and anyone searching for government services should include both DF and CDMX in their search terms.
Administration Offices in CDMX
Processes related to immigration, property purchase, and federal taxes are dealt with at the federal level in Mexico. Some of the most important points of service for foreigners include:
The Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) is responsible for processing residency and work visas, and although certain parts of the process may be completed online, applicants must appear in person at this office to submit documents and collect their residency card.
- Some information related to immigration issues is available in English on the INM website
- Instructions for obtaining residency status for businesses who wish to employ foreigners, with online application forms and a link to check the status of applications are also available online
The office of the INM in Mexico City is located at the following address:
- At: Homero 1832, Col. Los Morales Polanco
Tel: (55) 5387 2400
A personal ID number (Clave Única de Registro de Población - CURP) is assigned with residency cards and can be printed from the website.
- Print an official copy of the CURP card (in Spanish)
Foreign Affairs Department
The Foreign Affairs Department (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores – SRE) handles a number of issues relevant to foreigners living in Mexico. Information and contact details for the following is available on the SRE website:
- Naturalization Certificate (website in Spanish) – certificate available to foreigners after five continuous years of residence
- Permits for foreigners to buy property
- Details about establishing a fideicomiso (trust) in order to purchase property in a restricted zone
Main office of the SRE:
- At: Plaza Juárez #20, Col. Centro
Tel: (55) 3886 5100
Open: Monday to Friday, 09:00-18:00; official ID is required to enter the building
- Find a list of other SRE offices in Mexico City
The Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) is a department of the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP). It is often referred to as the Hacienda and is responsible for the Federal Taxpayer's registry number (Registro Federal de Contribuyentes - RFC) that is required in order to work, issue invoices (facturas), and file income tax returns. The SAT is also the starting point when importing vehicles into Mexico.
The SAT website is available with some information in English about these issues; more comprehensive information can be found in the Spanish version.
- Applications for the RFC number can be completed online (in Spanish) by applicants with a CURP number (select Inscripción on the left hand side of the page)
- Federal tax declarations, invoices, and more can be filed online via the SAT website (in Spanish)
The main SAT office in Mexico City is located at the following address:
- At: Centro Nacional de Consulta (CNC), Av. Hidalgo 77, Col. Guerrero
Tel: (01 800) INFOSAT
Open: Monday to Thursday 08:30-16:00; Friday 08:30-15:00 (an appointment is advisable)
There are many local SAT offices, and services are also available at Customer Service Centers (Modulos de Servicios) across the city.
- Find a full list of Modulos de Servicios in Mexico City
Certain important government functions are controlled at the state level, for example the regulation of contracts, marriage laws, driving regulations, and more. Municipal services such as water, street cleaning, and maintenance are also organized at state level.
- Government of Mexico City website (in Spanish)
Local taxes, bills and fees
The Secretaría de Finanzas del Gobierno del Distrito Federal is responsible for the collection of state-level taxes and fees, including driver and vehicle fees, fines, water bills, payroll taxes, property taxes, vehicle registration (tarjetas de circulación) and more. Payments for many of these services can be done online (in Spanish). Many payments can also be made at Kioscos de la Tesorería (literally 'Treasury Kiosks', these are small electronic booths where payments can be made for fines and taxes).
- Find contact details and a list of payments that can be made at the Kioscos (Spanish)
- Secretaría de Finanzas del Gobierno del Distrito Federal
At: Dr. Lavista 144, Col. Doctores
Tel: (55) 5588 3388
Vehicles and driving
The Department of Transport (Secretaría de Movilidad - SEMOVI) is responsible for driving licenses, driving issues, and other issues related to transport (in Spanish)
- Find a list of SEMOVI customer service centers (Módulos) (in Spanish)
The Department of the Environment (Secretaría del Medio Ambiente) is responsible for environmental policies, vehicle emissions control, and the Hoy no Circula program (which imposes driving restrictions to reduce the number of cars circulating in Mexico City) and more.
- Find information about the Hoy no Circula program, and how to obtain a license place hologram (in Spanish)
The main office can be found here:
- At: Plaza de la Constitución 1, 3er Piso, Col. Centro
Tel: (55) 5345 8187 / (55) 5345 8188
The Oficina Central del Registro Civil de la Ciudad de México is responsible for registration and regulations related to civil status - marriage, divorce, civil unions, adoption, birth, marriage and death.
- Procedures and requirements for births, deaths, marriage and more are available online (Spanish)
The main office is located here:
- Dirección General del Registro Civil
At: Arcos de Belén 19, Col. Doctores
Tel: (55) 9179 6700
- Find a list of Civil Registry Service Centers in Mexico City (in Spanish)
The political administration of Mexico City is divided into 16 delegaciones. Each of the offices provides local access points to services provided at state level in Mexico City and most administrative departments or agencies have a local office in each delegación.
Each delegación has a website with links to the most commonly used government services and procedures (trámites). The websites also provide information about local news or events, updates about local construction projects, and local emergency numbers.
Delegation websites (in Spanish):