Mexico is a popular destination wedding location for North Americans, but more Europeans are realising that it's possible to get married here and combine a beautiful wedding and honeymoon. Crystal blue seas and white sand beaches are compulsory!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Mexico, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Mexico Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in Mexico?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If men are 16 or 17
years old, or women are between 14 and 18 years old then parental consent is
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
There must be at least 4 witnesses at the wedding and they must all have valid
identification, e.g. passport.
How long do I have to be resident in Mexico before I can get married?
You must be resident for three days before the wedding.
Getting a marriage licence
You must take the papers mentioned below. They must be translated into Spanish,
notarised by your local Mexican Consulate and notarised at the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office in London. See the
on the FCO website.
You must obtain a marriage application form from the local registry office in
Mexico and declare if you are to marry under joint or separate property
Once you are married you should have your marriage certificate legalised to make
sure it is valid in the UK.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Original birth certificates certified and translated by an approved translator.
Tourist visa from entry into Mexico.
Chest x-rays obtained in Mexico (not in all states).
Results from a blood test done in Mexico.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
many Mexican States only allow re-marriage a year after your
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse and your
former marriage certificate must be shown.
If your name has been changed by deed poll then legal proof must be shown,
stamped and dated by a solicitor (including if you are divorced and have
reverted to your maiden name).
Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.
Mexico Registry Offices
Civil Registry Oficialía No. 1 Centro
5 de Mayo s/n, Centro
39300 Acapulco de Juarez
Tel: +52 744 482 2569
Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm
Cabo San Lucas
Registro Civil Oficialia 02 Cabo San Lucas
23410 Calle Constituyentes
Lomas del Faro
Cabo San Lucas, BCS
Tel: +52 624 143 3607
Oficina del Registro Civil
Margaritas 31, SM 22.
77500 Cancun, QR
Tel: +52 998 884 8602
Mon - Fri 8.30am - 2.30pm, and 3.30-8.30pm
Culiacan River 82017
Tel: +52 669 9155 100 ext 7540
Mon - Fri 8am - 3pm
Playa del Carmen
Registro Civil Playa Del Carmen
77712 Playa del Carmen
Tel: +52 984 877 3050
Mon - Fri 8.30am- 2pm, Sat 9-11.30am
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