Ever wonder who to contact for an environmental permit? Questions regarding social security for your workers? Or where to go for a permit to dig a well on your property? These are just a few of the major Mexican Federal government websites that are available to the public. All of the sites are in Spanish but are available in English as well, if not I would suggest using one of the translator services available on the internet. Most of the websites list the local offices available in your community. If they are not listed, it is easy to contact the federal office via email and ask for the local office closest to you.
Aduana de Mexico
Customs office of Mexico. This federal office is a sub-division of S.A.T (Secretaria de Administraction y Tributaria) and is in charge of all imported and exported good in and out of Mexico
Commission Nacional del Agua or the Federal Water Commssion. This is who you contact for water and well permits in your area.
Centro Nactional de Derechos Humanos…Department of Human Rights
Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo…Federal department for the development of tourism.
Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social…Federal office that oversees worker compensation and payments of social security here in Mexico.
Instituto Nacional de Migracion…Mexico’s national office of immigration. This is where you go for your permenant residency cards, work visas and tourists cards.
El Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia y Informatica…This office is the part of Hacienda that is in charge of census, geographic and demographic data and maps. If you are interested in obtaining topographic maps or aerial photos of an area these are the people that have them or can order them for you.
Procuraduria General de la Republica…This office is in charge of the federal laws, constitution and judges. Most similar to the district attorney’s office in the US.
Procuraduria Federal del Consumidor…This office acts as a consumer advocacy group and mediation for many kinds of disputes. Also, they are in charge of weights and balances for consumer goods.
La Ley al Servicio de la Naturaleza Mexico…Federal agency in charge of the environment. This folks are who you would need to check with for environmental information and permits that may be needed before developing property. Mainly commercial properties, i.e. a condo resort but may also apply to residencial property in environmentally sensitive areas.
Secretaria de Economica…Mexicos federal agency in charge of economics and foreign investment. This office is where you must register your foreign investments, fideicomisos and your corporations to be completely legal.
Secretaria de Turismo…The secretary of tourism office concerns itself with and monitors all types of tourism, permits, statistics and regulations.
Secretaria de Desarrollo Social…Office of Social and Rural Development. Consults with citizens concerned with social and rural development.
Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion….Government department of agricultura, livestock, rural development, fishing and foods.
Secretaria de Gobernacion…Secretary of government of Mexico. Concerned with public security, immigration, religion, refugies, democracy, human rights, civil protection and produces the Diario (daily) changes in Mexico’s laws.
Secretaria de Marina…Secretary of marine. Mexico’s federal office concerning maritime laws, marinas, Port captains, marine education, safety and the Navy.
Secretaria de Energia…Secretary of Energy. This office oversees all kinds of energy, production, investment and alternative energies.
Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales...Secretary of natural resources, environment and geographic statistics.
Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico…This is Mexico’s equivalent of the US’s IRS. This office is where you obtain your tax ID number (RFC number) and pay income and corporate taxes.
Secretaria de Seguridad Publica y Servicios ala Justicia SNSP…This office is responsable for the secruity of all in Mexico, the legal system telecommunications for the national information system including Federal emergency numbers like 066.
Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores…Secretary of of Exterior Relations. Federal office in charge of issuing Mexican Passports and also where foreigners may apply to become a naturalized Mexican citizen.