How to change your address in Mexico at INM Offices
So many stories on the internet, I almost drowned in it! It is so hard to find actual information that is still valid today.
One says this the other says that and what does Immigration say? That is hard to find and all legal information comes in Spanish.
Whatever people tell you online: There is no English version of the form to change your address nor the immigration tramite website.
I have watched a YouTube video that said there was, I copied the URL the person used, but that website does not exist (anymore) I have read on a message board that there should be a form in English, it gave me hope. But there is no such thing.
So you have to do it in Spanish, just like the visa procedure. Only this one seems to be less complicated and it totally free.
So here are some facts from changing my Address at INM Playa del Carmen in December 2019:
You need to fill out an online form that you can find on the website of INM and print that
You need a copy of your passport and bring you original
You need a copy of your resident card (front and back) and bring the original
You need a utility bill not older than 3 months and a copy of the bill, the bill does not have to be in your name, but you need a bill for the exact address
You need a letter stating that you swear you live where you say you live in the form.
The online form
When dealing with governmental businesses and tramites always check the website to see if the information has changed. In this case, you check this website (it opens in a new tab) On that page you see on the right in a fixed position a black square with a blue square stating: Tramite in Linea. That is where you click to fill out the form. In the end, save it and print it. You have 20 days to get to the office of INM in your new city and register. The registration is free.
If you do not have a CURP, which is likely when this is your first time and you just got your resident card, you can start the form by entering your NUE number which is on the back of your resident card. The system will connect to your data and now you are only left with the new address to fill out.
When filling out the form, type the address exactly the same way it is in the utility bill.
If you do have a CURP, enter the CURP, ignore the NUE option.
The letter for the change of address
The above-mentioned website explains what data should be in the letter. Please make sure that the address you use in the online form is the same as the one you use in the letter. All fields marked with a * are mandatory.
full name as it is on your INM Card
date of birth
the old address (including the state)
the date you moved, not later than 3 months!!
the new address (including the state)
your signature and written name (in blue ink)
The letter should look more or less like this:
Secretaria de Gobernación
Instituto Nacional de Migración – address of the INM Office-
Yo, YOUR NAME, mayor de edad, estado civil soltero de nacionalidad YOUR NATIONALITY titular de la Tarjeta migratoria al rubro, me dirijo a esta Delegación Federal para:
Bajo protesta de decir la verdad, manifiesto que el DATE OF MOVING, cambié mi domicilio de
Por lo anterior a usted expuesto:
ATENTAMENTE PIDO SE SIRVA:
Take all that to the immigration office.
They will send you an email with a unique username and code, so you can follow the request online. It should take about a week to get a notification that you can collect the confirmation that you live in your new home.
sign and write only with a blue pen! Your documents might be refused when you use a different color.
Use the exact same address as on your utility bill
Use Google Translate when you get stuck in the Spanish, just copy/paste
When you have filled out the online form you have 20 days (!!!!) to go to INM after that the form has lost its legality
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Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher and iPhone photographer. Writer and owner of two websites
Currently, she lives in Mexico.
She is an emigration coach and works online.