Jalisco and Nayarit Vehicle Registration

Each year you renew the registration for your vehicle. It is called "Refredo". If you pay early in the year the fees are discounted. If you don’t pay, the fees accrue and you will need to pay the amounts owing before you can sell and transfer the car to the buyer. The registration card called "Target de Circulacion" needs to remain in your car.  But please keep a copy in a secure location.

Vehicle Registration 

Registration for new cars $3,241 pesos.

You must renew your vehicle registration annually by March 31.  

In Jalisco if you pay in January it’s a 10% discount and in February and March it is 5%. The cost is $702 pesos for vehicles and $303 pesos for motorcycles, which are not eligible for the discount. The amounts include a donation o the Red Cross and Casa Hogar Cabañas. 

Interesting to note that electric vehicles receive a 100% discount and hybrids 50% but both must complete the necessary paperwork.  

In Nayarit, seldom does one answer the phone and their website is not helpful. The cost to renew is $580 pesos. For accurate information, It is advised you go in person to the office at José María Morelos 2 in Bucerias, next to the Gecko Bar.

Renew Online 

Jalisco: https://gobiernoenlinea1.jalisco.gob.mx/vehicular/ 

Nayarit: www.hacienda-nayarit.gob.mx/tenencia.php  

You will need your old vehicle registration card — called tarjeta de circulación in Spanish. On the screen, enter the tag number (placa) and the car’s VIN number. 

Print out the receipt of payment and keep a copy in your car. After March you can go your respective office to pick up the new registration card.  

Renew in Person

Or, you may go in person in Vallarta to the tax collection office at the UNIRSE building in Puerto Vallarta located at Av. Grandes Lagos 236, Edificio A, in Fluvial. They are open from 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday through Friday.  

On the north shore the office is located at José María Morelos 2, in Bucerías, next to the Gecko Bar.  

You can also pay at your bank or through one of the convenience stores that accepts payments, remember to hold on to your receipt for proof of payment and to pick up your new card when it’s ready (usually after March).  

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)

If never married, 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 divorced a document proving so. If, from another country, the required 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. 

Puerto Vallarta Handicap Parking

Available to citizens and temporary or permanent residents including those with a foreign driver’s license. Your car may be registered in a Mexican state or US / Canadian car registration if a temporary or permanent resident. Teresa is available in Puerto Vallarta to assist.

San Miguel de Allende Property Taxes

Your property taxes may be paid on-line and they are due in the first 3 months of the year. There is a 15% discount when taxes are paid in January and 10% when paid in February. Your account number is on your tax bill called CUENTA PREDIAL. It is 12 digits and when you pay on line please omit the first two digits. 

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. If you apply for a license on your own, you may have to write a test that is in Spanish and has 30 questions. 

​Motorcycles / ATV / scooters require a separate license. Cost is 307 p for 2 years, 338 for 3 and 472 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. 

Guanajuato State 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 Driver's License

Guanajuato state emissions test are required for cars registered in Guanajuato state. To prevent risks of COVID-19 emissions testing in the verification centers will be by means of appointments. In 2020 there will only be one verification period. There will be a 10% discount on the cost of the procedure, for the 2nd verification period. It should be noted that for 2020 a single state verification will be required. For all those owners who carried out their vehicle verification and obtained the verification certificate of the first semester during the months of January, February and March, with the numerical endings 5 ​​and 6, as well as 7 and 8, are exempt from the vehicle verification of the second semester that begins June 15, 2020. For those who did not carry out the procedure within the aforementioned period they can do it in the second semester; as well as the rest of the numerical license plates ending with 3 and 4, 1 and 2, 9 and 0 corresponding to the months of September-October; October November; November December.

Nayarit State Driver's License

Nayarit offers driver’s licenses to those who are a Temporary or Permanent Resident.

You are required to know your blood type.

Neither written nor driving tests are required.

License is for 3 years the cost is $817 and $584 for moto. Fees are half with an INAPAM senior's card.


Guanajuato state refrendo (annual car registration) fee may be paid on line or a bank. It must be paid in the first 3 months of the year. 2020 Guanajuato vehicle registration fee (Refrendo) is ~500 p for a car and 150 p for a motorcycle / scooter / ATV. There is also an additional fee called tenencia on any vehicle worth more than 500,000 pesos, when new.

All of my services are available in Puerto Vallarta / Riviera Nayarit and San Miguel de Allende.

Please contact me for your health, life, auto, evacuation and property insurance.

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The second period calendar is made up as follows:
5 and 6  July and August
7 and 8  August and September
3 and 4  September and October
1 and 2  October and November
9 and 0  November and December​

​Vehicle verification will be carried out through the appointment system, which may be made here: https://citas.smaot.app  Or telephone SMAOT: 473 735 2601

San Miguel de Allende Vehicles

Registration of a vehicle is completed at an office called Rentas. 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 Rentas office is very selective and difficult. Anyone who buys a used car should insist in writing if car may 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. 

Jalisco State Driver’s License 

Jalisco offers driver’s licenses to those who are a Temporary or Permanent Resident.

You are required to know your blood type. A medical is not required.

For your first Jalisco driver’s license there is a short multiple-choice test and later a driving test. The multiple-choice test may be completed in either English or Spanish. These tests are not required for a Jalisco driver’s license renewal.

License is for 4 years and the cost is $785 for a car and $400 for a moto. Fees are half with an INAPAM card.

I will make your license appointment in advance, on-line. 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.

Cost for 2020 for a car driver's license is 572 p for 2 years, 728 p for 3 years and 882 for 5 years. I will prepare your payment form in advance to save time and I will pay at one of the approved locations. Please allow up to 1.5 hours for the whole process including the completing of the medical form. 

A beginner's license is 592 pesos for cars and 276 for motos. They are available starting at age 15 up to when one turns 18.

​A replacement license is 203 pesos.

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

                                                    Guanajuato License Plate Replacement

There are about 1 million registered vehicles in Guanajuato state. A large sum of money is owed by people not having paid their annual fee called "refrendo" and the recently added annual tax called "tenencia" on vehicles valued above 500,000 pesos when purchased new. Millions of pesos are currently owed to the state. A person may not go through this process without paying past dues. The new plates will have a QR code.

Between September and end of this year you are required to create an online account to exchange your Guanajuato license plates. At the same time you will be issued a new registration card called "tarjeta de circulacion". This exchange will be by appointment made on-line. I expect major chaos and frustration. 

This is the website:

Cost: nil for those who complete the process between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. After that date a fee / fine.


1.   Proof the vehicle is registered in the name of the person who is going to carry out the procedure as noted on the tarjeta de circulacion.

2.   Show your original valid official identification with photograph. For expats this is your Temporary or Permanent Resident card.

3.   Exhibit the original proof of residence in the State of Guanajuato not older than 4 months. (CFE, SAPASMA, TELMEX, MegaCable, Predial)

4.   Provide the Unique Population Registry Key (CURP). NOTE: TOURISTS HAVE NO CURP! 

5.   Proof vehicle is up to date in fees and payments including traffic violations. https://refrendo.guanajuato.gob.mx/tenencia_refrendo/listado

6.   Schedule an appointment through the website. https://app-sfia-tramites.guanajuato.gob.mx/#/login

7.   Proof the vehicle does not have a theft report with Public Vehicle Registry (REPUVE). http://www2.repuve.gob.mx:8080/ciudadania/.

8.   Return metal plates (front and rear) and tarjeta de circulation (registration) for the vehicle in question.

​      NOTE: If you are not current in your payments you will not be able to schedule an appointment.


·      If the procedure is to be carried out by a family member of the owner (spouses, parents, children of legal age or siblings), the following must be displayed:

·      Copies of the Civil Registry acts that proves the relationship.

·      Original simple power of attorney letter with the signatures of the owner and / or owner of the vehicle, as well as the family member who is going to carry out the procedure.

·      Original of the current official identification with photograph of who will carry out the procedure.

·      Copy of the current official identification with a photograph of the owner of the vehicle.

·      If the person carrying out the procedure is not a relative, they must prove their representation by means of a power of attorney.

Timing is based on the last digit of your license plate:

September: 0, 1, 2

October: 3. 4. 5

November: 6, 7, 8, 9