Given the insecurity many people choose to buy a firearm for self-defense, however, the carrying of weapons in Mexico is quite regulated unlike countries like the United States, where the laws are more flexible. In the case of Mexico, Article 10 of the Constitution recognizes the human right of every inhabitant to possess and carry firearms, for security and self-defense, with the exception of those prohibited by Federal Law and those reserved for the exclusive use of the Army. , Navy, Air Force, and National Guard.

The Federal Law is the one that will determine the cases, requirements, conditions, and places in which the inhabitants can be authorized to carry weapons. The General Directorate of the Federal Register of Firearms and Explosives Control of SEDENA is the only authority that has permission to sell weapons legally in Mexico.

In accordance with the Instructions to regulate the carrying of firearms by authorized individuals, the Secretariats of the National Defense and the Interior, in their respective spheres of competence, shall dictate the administrative measures to which the natural or legal persons must submit themselves. public or private character, for the fulfillment of this law, of the supplementary ordinances to which it refers and of this regulation.

Requirements to request a permit to carry weapons

According to the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives, licenses for the carrying of weapons are of two kinds: private and official. The private licenses for the carrying of arms will be individual for individuals, to be able to request a permit they must meet the following requirements:

To have an honest way of living

Have completed military service

Not have a physical and mental impediment to the handling of weapons

Not having been convicted of a crime committed with the use of weapons

Do not use drugs, drugs, or psychotropic drugs

Accredit, at the discretion of the Secretariat of National Defense, the need to carry arms for: the nature of their occupation or employment; or the special circumstances of the place where you live: or any other justified reason.

The nature of your occupation or employment

Medical-psychological certificate of mental health

Certificate of physical health, of no physical impediment

Certificate of no criminal record for an offense committed with the use of weapons

Proof of address

Copy of the manifestation record of the weapon that you intend to carry

Medical-toxicological certificate of non-drug use

It corresponds to the Ministry of National Defense, with the exception indicated in article 32 of the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives, the issuance of suspension and cancellation of licenses for carrying weapons, as well as their registration, control, and surveillance. The license must be revalidated every two years.

Important information about individual licenses to carry firearms

The cost of this procedure (according to the FEDERAL LAW OF RIGHTS), which must be paid before any banking institution, through the electronic scheme called "e5cinco" of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.

The only place where this procedure is carried out is at the facilities of the DIRECCIÓN GENERAL DEL REGISTRO FEDERAL DE ARMAS DE FUEGO Y CONTROL DE EXPLOSIVOS, located at Planta Baja del Edificio de los Servicios located at Campo Militar No. 1-D, Avenida Industria Militar No. 1111, Colonia Lomas de Tecamachalco, Edo.

In case this document is authorized, the interested party must pick it up PERSONALLY at the facilities of the Secretaría Particular del C. General Secretario de la Defensa Nacional.

Do not be surprised by persons who offer you to carry out this procedure OUTSIDE THE FACILITIES ABOVE mentioned, AND FOR AMOUNTS OF MONEY NOT SPECIFIED IN THE LAW, since you could be a victim of fraud and receive apocryphal documents.

Regulations applicable to the procedure

Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives and its Regulations.
Internal Regulations of the Ministry of National Defense.
Provisions issued by the Secretariat itself.


The request of the interested person according to the format established for such purpose.
Letter of the honest way of living (document signed by whoever is the head of the institution, indicating the date since when he/she works, the position he/she holds, economic income earned, and observed conduct), in case the applicant is also the head of the institution, the letter of the honest way of living must be signed by the first administrative authority of the place where he/she resides (heads of the municipal presidencies in the states or of the delegations in Mexico City).

Have fulfilled the national military service obligations (copy of the National Military Service Card and release form), in the case of female personnel, copy of the birth certificate.

Not to have physical and mental impediments for the handling of weapons, proving it with the following documents:

Medical certificate of no physical impediment (physical health) issued by a physician with a legally registered title.

Medical-psychological certificate (mental health) issued by a person with a degree in psychology, with a legally registered degree, attaching the results of the tests performed for such purpose.

Not to have been convicted for a crime committed with the use of weapons, proving it with the letter of no criminal record, issued by the corresponding authority.

Not to have consumed drugs or psychotropic substances, as evidenced by a certificate of non-consumption of drugs or psychotropic substances (toxicological), issued by a legally registered physician, attaching the results of the laboratory tests performed for such purpose.

Proof of current address (not older than 3 months). (ELECTRICITY, WATER, TELEPHONE OR PROPERTY TAX RECEIPT).

Attach information:

Format with photograph signed with a medium nib (credential size photograph, color, white background, and without retouching, according to the attached format).
Birth certificate
Unique Population Registration Number (Clave Única de Registro de Población)

Proof, at the discretion of the Secretary of National Defense, of the need to carry firearms:

The nature of your occupation or employment.
The special circumstances of the place where he/she lives.
Any other justified reason.
The formats used will be those indicated in the Official Gazette of the Federation dated January 12, 2004, and April 21, 2021.

Application in electronic format.

The cost is approx. $2,606.00 pesos. Helpsheet for electronic payment e5cinco.

Maximum resolution period: 35 to 40 business days.

Applies positive or negative resolution: Not applicable.

Exceptions to the provisions of Art. 15-A of the Federal Law of Administrative Procedure, if applicable: If applicable.

Source: SEDENA