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Getting a driver’s license in Cancun now includes criminal check

Cancun, Q.R. — Getting a driver’s license in Cancun now includes getting a background check. The municipality of Benito Juárez made the proposal last year that would see area residents checked for criminal violations when they applied for a driver’s license.

The Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Transit in Benito Juárez will use Plataforma México to determine if someone has an outstanding warrant before granting a driver’s license.

The Public Safety Data Platform known as Plataforma México will automatically perform a criminal check. If the check comes back positive, Rodrigo Alcázar Urrutia, director of Transit in Benito Juárez says corresponding authorities will be notified.

“The objective is to detect people who have an arrest warrant and immediately notify the appropriate authority when they come to apply for a driver’s license,” explained Alcázar Urrutia.

In October last year, city hall officials unanimously approved the initiative for the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Traffic to include a criminal check with Plataforma México as part of the issuance of driver’s licenses.

Due to the approval, an amendment to the Internal Regulation of the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Traffic was made corresponding to section II of Article 54, section I of Article 64.

Now, Article 54 states that it is the duty of the Traffic Directorate to authorize the licenses and management permits after consulting the Mexico Platform, as part of the collaboration between state and federal public security institutions.

Article 64 in section I indicates that the municipal office must review the documents and applications for the issuance of licenses in coordination with the Control and Command Center for consultation with Plataforma México.

The municipality has 30 days to integrate the new system.