Circulation Permit in Mexico - Procedure & Required Documents

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What is it?

A circulation permit is a legal document required for driving a vehicle in Mexico, enabling foreign and out-of-state vehicles to operate without facing police troubles or fines.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for foreign nationals driving into Mexico, expatriates, tourists renting vehicles, and anyone driving a vehicle with out-of-state plates within Mexico, particularly in Mexico City.


  1. Visit the local transit office (Secretaría de Movilidad or equivalent).
  2. Fill out the requisite application for a circulation permit.
  3. Submit the necessary documents including identification and vehicle registration.
  4. Pay the required fee. The amount may vary depending on the vehicle and duration of the permit.
  5. Wait for the processing of the documents and issuance of the permit.
  6. Display the permit prominently in your vehicle once it’s issued.

Required documents

  • Passport or a valid ID - Obtainable via your hometown registry or consulate services.
  • Vehicle registration - Ensure it is current and matches the vehicle you are driving.
  • Proof of ownership - Documentation showing you are the rightful owner of the vehicle.
  • Insurance papers - Valid vehicle insurance covering driving in Mexico.
  • Temporary Import Permit (if applicable) - For vehicles entering from another country.

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Additional details

  • Foreign nationals should carry their driver’s license along with the permit at all times.
  • Ensure your vehicle meets emission standards if driving in cities with stringent environmental laws like Mexico City.
  • Check for specific local legal requirements as they may vary across different states in Mexico.
  • Keep copies of important documents in a safe place, separate from the originals.


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