Complete Guide to Reissuing License Plates in Mexico

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What is it?

The reissuance of license plates in Mexico involves replacing your old or lost plates with new ones. This official process ensures your vehicle remains legally registered and can continue to be driven on public roads.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for vehicle owners in Mexico whose license plates have been lost, stolen, or damaged, as well as those who are transferring ownership and need new registration plates. Temporary residents in Mexico with vehicles also benefit from this service.


  1. Visit the local transit office or the Secretaría de Movilidad (SEMOVI).
  2. Submit a request for reissuance of license plates.
  3. Provide the required documentation (listed below).
  4. Pay the necessary fees for the reissuance process.
  5. Wait for the processing period (usually within a few days to a week).
  6. Collect your new license plates once notified.

Required documents

  • Official Identification (INE or Passport) - Obtain from your local population registry.
  • Proof of Address (Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, etc.) - Any recent bill or official document.
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate - Provided when the vehicle was first registered.
  • Proof of Payment for the License Plate Reissuance - Obtain receipts and payment slips from the transit office.
  • Police Report (if plates were stolen) - File at the nearest police station and obtain a report.

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Additional details

  • Processing times may vary depending on the state and specific transit office.
  • Fees for reissuance can vary; check with your local transit office for the most current rates.
  • Temporary residents need to show proof of their residency status alongside other documents.
  • Not completing the reissuance process can lead to fines or penalties for driving with improper registration.


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