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Guanajuato state refrendo (annual car registration) fee may be paid on line. It must be paid in the first 3 months of the year.

2018 Guanajuato vehicle registration fee (Refrendo) is 480 p for a car and 125 p for a motorcycle. 

Rentas is the office where one registers a vehicle in San Miguel. Please read on my web site under "vehicles" regarding buying a car in Mexico. This is not the US or Canada when it comes to registering a vehicle. The local office is very selective and difficult. Anyone who buys a used car should insist in writing if car can not be registered within 10 day a full refund is due. In some cases you may never register the used car you just purchased. I have given up trying to register most cars in San Miguel. It is not worth the time and effort. Nor am I foolish enough, nor desperate enough to be involved in selling used cars to clients. There is too much corruption and fraud including the odometer being lowered and cars that were badly damaged or write-offs in accidents being restored and sold, etc. 

A medical form needs to be completed. To save you from having to find the correct clinic and sometimes having the wrong form I will take you to a doctor who will complete the medical form, quickly and correctly. You will also be required to know your blood type as it is noted on your license.

​However, if 80 or over you must see an optometrist for an eye test including for a license renewal.

Cost for 2018 for a car driver's license is 532 p for 2 years, 676 p for 3 years and 819 for 5 years. You may make payment by credit or debit card at the licensing  office. Please allow up to 1.5 hours for the whole process including the completing of the medical form. 

A beginner's license is 550 pesos for cars and 257 for motos. They are available starting at age 15 up to when one turns 18.

​I process more drivers' licenses than any individual in San Miguel.

Plates ending with a 5 and 6  January / February and June / July 

Plates ending with a 7 and 8  February / March and August / September 

Plates ending with a 3 and 4  March / April and September / October 

Plates ending with a 1 and 2  April / May and October / November

Plates ending with a 9 and 0  May / June and November / December

Marriage in Guanajuato State 

All states in Mexico have similar requirements.


Birth certificate (only long version), apostille for Americans or legalized for Canadians and translated by one of three certified translators.

ID such as passport

Utility bill within 90 days (CFE, SAPASMA or TelMex).

Medical Labs (Analisis Prenupciales); valid for 15 calendar days

Certificado Medico Prenupciales; valid for 15 calendar days

Two witnesses for each person with official ID (4 witnesses in total)

Present a document indicating both have not been married, divorced or widowed as processed by DGRC (Direccion General del Registro Civil) in any Mexican state or from the country in which one has lived. The document once issued is good for 3 months. If, from another country, the document must be apostille or legalized and then translated by one of 3 certified translators.

Material possessions such as property, car, etc. must be specified and division determined.

Those who do not speak Spanish must bring a translator. 

At the San Miguel de Allende driver's license office my husband and I have worked with the staff to assist them in learning English and providing handout to communicate better with English speaking applicants. 

San Miguel de Allende property taxes may be paid on-line and are due in the first 3 months of the year. Normally there is a 15% discount when taxes are paid in January and 10% when paid in February. 

For a Guanajuato state driver's license a FMM tourist card, pre-approved visa from  Mexican consulate stamped in your passport, Temporary or Permanent Resident visa card are acceptable in obtain a Guanajuato state driver's license. If you apply for a license on your own, you will have to write a test written in Spanish. 

​Motorcycles / ATV / scooters require a separate license. Cost is 266 p for 2 years, 314 for 3 and 438 for 5 years. Scooters and ATV's also require registration, license plate and helmets. If your license plates are held on in a way as not easily removed such as rivets that is illegal and may result in a fine.

You must carry your original vehicle registration called tarjeta de circulacion and proof annual regisrtation fee called "refrendo" is paid. 

Handicap Parking Permit is obtained by making an appointment in Silao, seeing the assigned physician, complete a form and photos. Once that is done, write a letter in Spanish asking for "handicap parking". Submit all to the Rentas office in San Miguel. This is a two day process. 

Guanajuato State Driver's License

Guanajuato state emissions test are required for cars registered in Guanajuato. Most testing centers are now required to have a dynamometer. In San Miguel testing with a dynamometer is performed at only one emissions center. It is located on Hwy 51 which is the road to Dolores Hidalgo. It is halfway between the two traffic circles at Calle Benito Juarez and Libamiento Mauel Zavala. Testing is required every cost is ~250 pesos. They are open by 8:30 am and later in the day often theyhave a line-up. If you fail to complete the test and your emissions test is not current you will be subject to a large fine if stopped by police. If you let the date for a test expire you will not be allowed to complete an emissions test without first going to Ecologia on the Dr. Mora Road. The fine for an expired test is ~900 pesos and more if you missed more that one test cycle. You may now pay the fine at Ecologia. The dates for testing are: