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Pedestrian sign in Mexico

The road signs used in Mexico are regulated by Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes's Directorate-General for Roads (Dirección General de Carreteras), and uniformized under a NOM standard[1] and the Manual de Señalización y Dispositivos para el Control de Tránsito en Calles y Carreteras (Manual of Signage and Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways),[2] which serves as a similar role to the MUTCD developed by the Federal Highway Administration. The signs share many similarities with those used in the United States and Canada. Like Canada but unlike the United States, Mexico has a heavier reliance on symbols than text legends.[3]

Before the eventual promulgation of an updated federal NOM standard in 2023,[1] with a comprehensive catalog of signs for use in urban contexts—absent in previous norms[note 1]—, signage varied greatly across states;[4][note 2] for instance, the state of Jalisco applied its own sign standard to state highways that is based on the 2011 NOM standard, whose signs were largely identical to those designed for the 1986 Manual de Dispositivos. Among other things, mandatory signs are circular, as in the European and some South American countries but unlike in the federal NOM standard.[5]

This country drives to the right.

Vertical signage

This section needs to be updated. The reason given is: Signs here depict symbols from the 1986 standard. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (November 2023)

Regulatory signs

Warning signs

Tourism and services

Guide signs



  1. ^ Some new urban signage was introduced in advance of the 2023 NOM by SEDATU in its 2019 Manual de Calles.
  2. ^ Compare the Aguascalientes, Jalisco and Mexico City signage manuals, for example.


  1. ^ a b "NORMA Oficial Mexicana NOM-034-SCT2/SEDATU-2022, Señalización y dispositivos viales para calles y carreteras" [Official Mexican Standard NOM-034-SCT2/SEDATU-2022, Signage and Traffic Devices for Streets and Highways] (PDF) (in Spanish). 19 September 2023. Retrieved 2023-11-27.
  2. ^ Manual de Señalización y Dispositivos para el Control del Tránsito en Calles y Carreteras (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). SICT, SEDATU. Retrieved 5 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Road and Traffic Signs in Mexico - What You Need to Know". Retrieved 2022-10-28.
  4. ^ "SICT y SEDATU ponen a consulta pública NOM sobre Movilidad en México" (in Spanish). SICT. 5 January 2022. Retrieved 27 November 2023. Dicho proyecto de NOM [se aplica] como un mecanismo para sentar las bases para la conformación de una señalización armonizada en el territorio nacional. [This NOM project [is conducted] as a mechanism to lay the foundations for the creation of a harmonized signage in the national territory.]
  5. ^ Manual de señalización de carreteras estatales [State highway sign manual] (PDF) (in Spanish). Guadalajara: Government of the State of Jalisco. 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2023.