Registering for an RFC

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Back in May, I wrote about major tax reforms in Mexico requiring me to get an RFC (tax ID number).

After taking my turn in the virtual line, I checked in only once or twice to see if the line was moving and then just went about my life. I woke up last week to an email that I now had an appointment to register for the RFC. I went through the steps to get into the appointment management system and learned that my appointment was for today, August 16th, at 10:15 a.m., perfect as that was going to be a day off.

I was told to bring the following documents, but it was not clear that they wanted originals and that I did not need to bring copies since they scan everything now. Still, it is better to be over prepared!

-printout of the PDF confirming your appointment

-CURP certificate (like bringing your SIN or SSN card)

-official Mexican ID (my permanent resident card (they were not interested in my CDN passport))

-proof of address (they took a printout of my last CFE bill as I brought a copy of my last JAPAY bill and the printout looked more like an original)

-a USB flash drive if you want to get an electronic signature at the same time (I got a brand-new one especially for this purpose)

The tax ID registration process was super efficient. I left home around 9:50 for my 10:15 appointment, arriving at 10:10 because the instructions said not to show up early. There was a very long queue of people who showed up for their own 10:15 appointment up to an hour early and had to stand outside in the heat. I went right up to a guard to see what the procedure was. She said, oh, you might as well just go in, and she waved me in, and then she called all the other 10:15s to go in.

I was then at the head of the queue for the initial processing inside and then at the head of the queue to be the first one of my cohort to get the paperwork done. I ended up starting the process at about 10:30. I was happy to have that short wait because the building is air-conditioned and I was able to cool down first.

I don’t even feel a little guilty about going ahead of everybody else because I followed the instructions. 😆🤷‍♀️

Getting the RFC was dead easy. I was expecting an interview about my fiscal situation to determine if I have any tax obligations to Mexico, but the clerk took it for granted that I do not. And I do not. I earn all my money out of the country and pay taxes to a country with which Mexico has a tax treaty, so I don’t even have to file a return here. This was confirmed in 2018 when I was dealing with SAT to get a refund from INM. So the hardest part of the whole thing was describing my house characteristics and exactly where it’s located and also getting my signatures to match. 😆

The clerk said I did not need an electronic signature, but since I was there, I opted to get one anyway as it is good for four years. I got sent to another area for that, with just a couple minutes’ wait. This was super high-tech as they electronically took my fingerprints, a photo, and even a retinal scan! Coming from a country that is still mismanaging its tax collection through an inadequate phone system and 40-year-old software, Mexico feels like it is managing its affairs in the 22nd century!

I was out of there by 11:30, so even with a stop for coffee, I was home exactly 2 hours after I left. Now, I’m ready for the inevitable request for an RFC by the bank and then by the attorneys when I do the house closing procedures next year. I’m also told I’ll need this number to purchase a car. I’m so happy I did it when I didn’t need it so that it doesn’t become a stress. I know some folks got blindsided by this requirement and had to go do the procedure in another state with shorter wait times!