Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Mexico
Allow at least 3 days from submitting marriage application in Mexico to wedding date to process paperwork. We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
All documents must be translated into Spanish. This can be done at the Mexican Embassy in your home country prior to leaving. One or two notarized steps may follow. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates and photocopies
- Valid Passports and photocopy of photo page (no need to translate)
- Tourist card or visa (no need to translate)
- Chest x-rays (best obtained in Mexico for result in Spanish), if applicable (some states do not require)
- Blood tests (best obtained in Mexico for results in Spanish)
- Certified copy of divorce decree or death certificate, if applicable. Note that some states in Mexico require a year to pass, from certificate date to remarrying.
- Deed Poll (Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor), if applicable.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Mexico are civil ceremonies. The ceremony is preformed in Spanish. If either party does not speak Spanish, an interpreter should be hired. Traditional, religious, non-denominational and secular ceremonies are not recognized, but can be accompanied by a civil ceremony for local government records and recognition.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. If they are underage, parental consent is necessary. With parental consent, women must be at least 14 years of age and men must be at least 16 years of age. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. For example, the United States requires that both parties be 18 years of age for your marriage to be recognized upon your return to the United States. The couple cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two-four witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports and photocopies of their passports. Some states require two witnesses to be from your home country.
Take all paperwork to the Registry Office in the area of Mexico you plan to marry. Here you can fill out a Marriage Application and choose a Marital Regime: either joint or separate property ownership.
Depending upon the state in Mexico, you may receive your Marriage License that same day or a few days later.
- The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. The bride and groom will be given the Certificate of Marriage. This certificate must be legalized in Mexico prior to departing for your home country.
- Once the Marriage Certificate has been legalized, you will need to register your marriage in your home country. A marriage in Mexico is recognized in most countries, but check with your Embassy to make sure prior to any wedding plans.
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
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