In Mexico only civil marriages are recognized as legal. A civil marriage in Mexico is fully valid for legal purposes worldwide.

Canadian citizens or Landed immigrants wishing to get married in Mexico must present the following documents before the Officer of the Civil Registry office of the city or town where the marriage is to take place:

  1. A completed application form obtained in Mexico at the Registry Office. This includes a statement as to whether the couple will maintain separate property and assets or have joint property. This statement may not be valid for future purposes, under Canadian law.
  2. Valid passport and Migratory Form to prove legal status in Mexico.
  3. Certified copy of their Canadian Birth Certificate, which must be legalized by the Mexican Consular Office having jurisdiction over the region where the birth certificates were issued.
    If either party has been married before, they must present either a certified copy of the Divorce decree, duly legalized by a Mexican Consulate with jurisdiction where the divorce was filed, or; a certified copy of a Death Certificate duly legalized by the Mexican Consulate with jurisdiction over the place where the spouse died.
  4. A physician’s certificate stating that according to the blood tests and x-rays taken in Mexico, neither applicant suffers from any contagious disease.
  5. Two legally qualified witnesses (over 18 years of age), who must be present at the ceremony.
  6. Payment of a fee.

These are only general requirements. Resorts and hotels may be able to provide information about local requirements, which may vary.

Marriages are performed at the offices of the Civil Registry, but may be performed elsewhere for an additional fee (marriage fees vary throughout Mexico). Persons staying at a hotel can obtain addresses and fees from hotel management.

Religious Marriages, which have no legal implications in Mexico, require additional information for the ceremony. Requirements must be obtained from local Church Officials.

People under 18 years of age cannot marry without the consent of their parents or legal guardians. Under no circumstances can males under the age of sixteen, or females under the age of fourteen, be married in Mexico.

In some states divorced people cannot marry in Mexico until one year after the divorce order has been issued by the judge, unless otherwise indicated in the divorce decree.

Important: It is the responsibility of the person getting married in Mexico to contact the Civil Registry of the State where the ceremony will take place. The Civil Registry will set the requirements for the ceremony. Each State may have somewhat different regulations.

Baja California
Baja California Sur

Distrito Federal

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Estado de México

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Guanajuato. Se requiere llamar vía telefónica.


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Nuevo León
Quintana Roo
San Luis Potosí