Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Mexico. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 122,332,399
GNI Per Capita (US$) 9,940
City covered Mexico City, Monterrey
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
39 43 down 4

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
71.53 70.63 down 0.90
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Subnational Data

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 88.76 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 88.80 Change in DTF** (% points) down-0.04

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator Mexico City Latin America & Caribbean OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
6.0 8.3 4.8

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
6.0 30.1 9.2

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
20.0 31.1 3.4

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
0.0 3.2 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain the authorization of using the company name online and file the draft deed of incorporation with the notary online Less than one day (online procedure) no charge
2 Sign the deed of incorporation before a notary public, obtain Tax Registry Number (RFC) and file online the deed of incorporation with the Public Register of Commerce 2 days on average MXN 10,500 (notary fees) + MXN 14,899 (registration fees)
3 Register with the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) 1 day no charge
4 Register with the local tax administration (Secretaría de Finanzas del Gobierno del Distrito Federal) for payroll tax 1 day no charge
5 Notify the local government (Delegación) online of the opening of a mercantile establishment. Less than one day (online procedure) no charge
6 Register with the National Business Information Registry (Sistema de Information Empresarial, SIEM) 1 day The costs can vary from MXN $100 to MXN $670

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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