Mexico: mining licence process map

1 April 2020

licence map Mexico
What is the process for awarding mining rights in Mexico? What steps must the company and the government follow?

This ‘map’ presents this process as a step-by-step guide. It sheds light on a process that is often complex and complicated, rendering it more transparent.


Mexico is the world’s biggest producer of silver and the second largest gold producer in Latin America. It is also a top global producer of copper and zinc. This map depicts the process for granting an exploration concession title in Mexico. The same process is used for large and small-scale mining of any mineral, except for radioactive minerals