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Über-redundant paperwork

So I finally got off my lazy butt and started the paperwork to get a formal recognition of studies equivalence for a undergraduate studies (Licenciatura en ingeniería de software) via CENEVAL’s Acuerdo 286 (licenciatura).

Part of the paperwork involves filling the form I photographed and attached to this node. This is the utmost example of über-redundant paperwork… Where it requires my personal data, some of the fields are:

Clave Única de Registro Poblacional, Unique Populational Registration Key. This is a string composed by:
  • WOIG: First letter and first vowel after the first letter of my first family name, first letter of my second family name, first letter of my given name
  • 760427: birth date, yymmdd
  • H: Sex (H = male, M = female, I guess)
  • DF: State or federative entity I was born in
  • LSN: First consonant after the first letter of the first and second family name and of the given name
  • 03: Deambiguation digits
…So far, so good.
Well, cannot it be deduced from the CURP? It has my full birth date!
Well, cannot it be deduced from the CURP? It is a specific field in it
Birth date
Man, you already have it literally on top of the field!
This tramit is only for Mexicans, so... what's the point?
Birth place
The CURP states already the state or federative entity I was born... But I'll accept this one, as not all states have only one city as DF does

Quite a nice catalog of redundancies. As a cherry on top of the cake, the phone number states I should write my long distance phone code (LADA – historically, Larga Distancia Automática, Automatic Long Distance) only if I am in any of the states. I can only ask myself why…

Anyway… Lets continue filling paperwork. Grah. Hopefully I will be able to get my papers… somewhen in the next half century.


carocr 2010-02-08 15:08:37


¿eso significa que sí pudiste inscribirte para este período? 2010-02-04 01:19:47

Could it be redundancy checks?

For example, what if someone has had a name change (In Austria this is usual after marriage) and the CURP does not reflect that?

gwolf 2010-02-10 15:49:32

¿Acaso sigues creyendo…

…que un trámite puede resolverse de una sóla vuelta?

Mañana voy a recoger la carta de aceptación (si es que me la dan, aunque no tendrían por qué no hacerlo) con la cual me voy a inscribir.

jimcooncat 2010-02-04 11:44:18

Government forms

Possibly if you get the coding right, the government will make you a job offer! Minimum wage, of course.

Matthew W. S. Bell 2010-02-03 17:42:43

As one who has read lots of

As one who has read lots of filled in forms, allowances have to be made for handwriting, errors, and plain old craziness.

toxickore 2010-02-04 06:37:12


That mean that you’re on your way to get the title? Congrats!