This post was updated November 6, 2017: A new requirement for police certificates from Mexico is in effect for visa applicants who interview at Ciudad Juarez. Immigrant visa applicants who have resided in Mexico for six months or more since the age of 18 are required to provide a police certificate.  A police certificate from every city in Mexico is generally not required for an immigrant (green card) application. A single police certificate from the Mexican state of residence is enough.
The state police (Fiscalía General del Estado) of each state in Mexico can provide a police record (Carta or Certificado de No Antecedentes Penales).  The process and the cost of obtaining these records vary by state.  Contact the state police for instructions. If the state police record is unavailable, visa applicants must provide a record called a “Carta de No Antecedentes Penales.”  To make the request, applicants must provide the following documentation:

For Mexican Nationals:

  • Mexican voter ID card from the Instituto Federal Electoral (original and a copy)
  • Birth certificate (original and a copy)
  • Proof of residence in Mexico (original and a copy)

For Foreign Nationals:

  • FM2, now called  the “tarjeta migratoria”, or passport (original and a copy)
  • birth certificate translated into Spanish (original and a copy)
  • Proof of residence in Mexico (original and a copy)

The process is free of charge and normally is completed in person by the applicant.  However, if the applicant is not able to make the request in person, a family member can do so in the applicant’s name by taking a power of attorney signed by the interested party to:

Dirección General de Ejecución de Sanciones, Comisión Nacional de Seguridad

Calzada de Tlalpan No. 2962
Col. Espartaco, Deleg. Coyoacan, C.P. 04870
Mexico City, Mexico
The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For inquiries about the process, applicants may call the institution at:  011-52-55-5128-4100 and 011-52-55-5599-2000, exts. 18992, 18993, 18994 y 18733.