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People Under 18 Years Can Get An Official ID

By Jesús Aguado

An official ID issued by the National Electoral Institute to citizens older than 18 years is used for voting and for any other legal processes. This year, and until January 31, 2018, the INE will issue IDs for all Mexicans still in their 17th year who have birth dates up to June 31, 2018. However, the document will not be valid as a legal document for any process while they are not legally adults.

For electoral purposes—determining the number of signatures that citizens interested in running for a public post needed—the INE closed the electoral list on August 31. The number of people with an official ID was 86, 659, 234. However, new IDs can be issued and replaced—and still appear in the list of voters in 2018—until January 31, 2018. After that, they will be replaced, but the general information won’t be changed.

Across the country, there is a campaign at the INE offices calling for all young men and women who have birth dates from now and until June 31, 2018, to start the process to get their identification. Since the deadline is January 31, if they get their IDs now, they will be able to vote in the upcoming July 1, 2018, elections.

Itzel Peralta Perkins, head of the Federal District II offices in San Miguel, stated that it is important to check the ID, which has the birth date printed on it, not just for those getting their ID while they are under 18, but also for those who run bars and could sell alcoholic beverages or other forbidden items to them, She also remarked that, although they have an ID, the ID is being issued to allow them to vote for the first time, and they are still not adult citizens until they turn 18..

A Little Bit of History

In 1968, when article 34 of the constitution reformed to legally reduce the age of adulthood from 21 to 18 years. Then, the articles 52 and 60 of the then Federal Electoral Law were reformed. After January 29, 1970, people were considered as adults at the age of 18 and were allowed to vote. Before that, only married people could vote at the age of 18 along with those who were 21 years old.


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