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. A person requires a valid CURP (akin to SIN / SSN) to register a car. A CURP is only available to citizens and those with a Temporary or Permanent Resident visa card. Tourists may not register a car in Guanajuato state as they have no CURP). The Rentas office is very selective and all documents must be exact. 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. 

​​Cost for 2020 for a car driver's license is 616 p for 2 years, 783 p for 3 years and 949 for 5 years.

​Motorcycles / ATV / scooters require a separate license. Cost is 508 pesos for 5 years.  

A beginner's license is 637 pesos for cars and 298 for motos. They are available starting at age 15 up to when one turns 18.

​A replacement for a lost license is 218 pesos plus the cost of your driving record.

Guanajuato state emissions test are required for cars registered in Guanajuato state. Emissions test schedule:

5 and 6  January and February; July and August
7 and 8  February and March; August and September
3 and 4  March and April; September and October
1 and 2  April and May; October and November
9 and 0  May and June; November and December​

​Testing is required every 6 months including for new cars. Vehicle verification will be carried out through the appointment system, which may be made here:  Or telephone SMAOT: 473 735 2601

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. 

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. 

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

For a Guanajuato state driver's license one must be a Temporary or Permanent Resident. 

You will be required in advance to know your blood type as it is noted on your license. 

A very brief and cursory medical is required. I will meet you at the only place allowed to complete the medical. Next we will complete your driver's license.

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. 

Don't open your mouth if you are not sure what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence. 

Guanajuato Driver's License

To drive your Mexican registered car in Mexico City, any day and any time, you need a 00 or 0 emissions test and sticker. The 00 is for a new car and it is good for 2 years. The 0 is for 6 months and it is for those not new. The test center requires an appointment. There are very few testing centers for the 00 and 0 permits. For those in San Miguel you must go to Celaya. Cost is about 550 pesos. If you have a hybrid no testing is required for 8 years. Some other states have a similar program for 00 and 0 emissions permit. Your test must be completed in the state in which you live.


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. 2022 Guanajuato vehicle registration fee (Refrendo) is 544 p for a car and 146 p for a motorcycle / scooter / ATV. There is also an additional fee called tenencia on any vehicle worth more than 580,000 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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