update expired residency

The process to renew a temporary resident card should begin within the month before it expires. If you are in time to renew your card, consult our article for further details: Temporary Residency Expiry: How to Decide Between Renewal, Change of Condition or Reapplication


It can happen, however, that your temporary residency expires before you renew. Fortunately, there is a procedure in place to update your status after expiry.

Temporary Residency Renewal or Regularization After Card Expiry

My card expired and I’m not in Mexico

Under normal circumstances, if you are not in Mexico when your card expires, you must return within 55 days of the expiry date so as not to lose your resident status entirely. After arrival, you must show your expired document to the immigration entry-point agents. It is important to remember: DO NOT get a tourist visa upon entry.


Once in Mexico, you will then have five days to start the renewal procedure at a local immigration office (INM). As usual, you need to prepare all the necessary paperwork. This includes the online formato basico, letter of request, personal data form, original and copy of your passport, expired resident card, photos and proof of payment of INM fees. It is also advisable to go to your INM office and get complete clarification about documentation. Check these guidelines from the government website too.

I’m in Mexico and my card expired

If you are in Mexico when your temporary residency expires, you will have 60 days to start the process of regularization to get a new one. The required paperwork is the same as that noted above. However, in this case you have to pay INM taxes at the beginning and the end of the process. It is advisable to go to the INM office and get complete clarification about documentation. Check these guidelines from the government website too. 

Some weeks after your application, you will receive an email from the INM informing you of a fine to be paid at the bank. The payment forms are available online. After paying the fine, submit the proof of payment to the INM office and receive confirmation that you have fulfilled their requirements.

Paperwork, payment and witnesses

Following the fine payment, you’ll receive another email telling you to attend an appointment to explain why you did not renew your resident card on time. You will also need to bring two witnesses with you. The witnesses should bring their IDs, or their resident cards if they are not Mexican nationals.

IMPORTANT: you cannot leave the country during this regularization process. You must remain in Mexico until you get your new resident card. On the Riviera Maya, it will be issued several months after the application.

For further explanation on renewal after expiry, please email Adriana Vela at info@immigrationtomexico.mx or call 984 169 5375.