Mexico Marriage Requirements
…beating the bureaucracy…
I eagerly anticipated the results.
Unfortunately, there was not much of real interest to be gleaned from it.
- No raging alcoholic artists or posthumously-famous painters.
- No kings, queens, or flashy knights from bizarre countries that people immigrated from.
- No connections to anyone who’s even slightly famous.
What was interesting to me was that family trees list where someone was born – and where they got married.
So after finding this out, I’m determined to spice up the family tree by eventually getting married in Mexico.
You can’t just have a family history that only includes boring locations – I’m going to be the one who changes that. (Well, that is if anyone can fall in love with a drunk and rambling idiot like myself.)
But the best thing is that if you get married in Mexico, it’s legal everywhere in the world.
Many people are put off about a Playa Del Carmen wedding because they think Mexico marriage requirements are difficult to acquire and understand.
But that’s not really true.
Here is everything you need to know.
But before I go deeper into explaining things, let me introduce you to someone who has more experience with weddings than anyone I know.
Why Get Married In Mexico
Who wants to go to some boring hotel wedding in the States.
Mexico is beautiful, cheap, and offers lots of secluded places to tie the knot.
What Are The Legal Requirements For Getting Married In Mexico
You can just be a tourist.
- The most important Mexico marriage requirement for foreigners is a valid passport and tourism permit.
- You will also need to be 18 years old. Although according to Mexican law, boys aged 16 and girls aged 14 can be married if they have parental consent.
- The bride and groom must have a blood test in Mexico that tests for HIV and syphilis. No syphilitic weddings! You’ll have to arrive in Mexico at least three days before to ensure you get the results from the tests in time for the ceremony.
There are two types of marriage.
- The civil ceremony which can be conducted in many different locations. Everyone must do this for the marriage to be legal.
- A religious ceremony which some couples also choose as well.
How To Complete The Legal Formalities
Most Mexican officials are annoyingly slow and unhelpful.
But the people from the wedding office seem to extremely accommodating.
The paperwork is all in Spanish.
That means completing a marriage application form in a foreign language.
It’s not really a form you want to make mistakes on, so most people hire a local wedding planner to help them with the legal formalities.
You will need four witnesses and these must also have a valid passport and tourism card if they’re foreigners.
How To Make Your Marriage Valid Worldwide
The above Mexico marriage requirements make your marriage legal in Mexico.
However you will need to submit all the documents when you get back home.
For this reason you should get your marriage certificate legalized in Mexico, so it’s legally accepted when you get home.
The registry office in Mexico and/or a wedding planner will advise on where you have to go.
It All Sounds Too Easy. Are There Not More Mexico Marriage Requirements?
However, if you’re planning to marry a Mexican, then there is a lot more paperwork to complete.
You’ll have to obtain permission from the Mexican interior ministry – which basically means you have to give them $200 for a document called “Permiso para contraer matrimonio con un nacional.”
Different rules also apply to divorced people wanting to get married.
These rules tend to be pretty sexist as they usually place restrictions on divorced women getting married again if they’re not pregnant.
For example in the state of Quintana Roo (where Playa Del Carmen is located), divorced women may not remarry for 300 calendar days from the date of their divorce.
Men can get married the next day!
Each state has different Mexican marriage requirements concerning this.
What More Do I Need To Know About Mexico Marriage Requirements?
And when it comes to marriage, a lot of the law is left up to the individual states.
This article is my current understanding of the Mexico marriage requirements.
However, you should hire the services of someone who absolutely knows the current law here.
I really recommend the services of Erica, who runs the oldest wedding planning service in Playa Del Carmen.
She organized three of my friends’ weddings and was extremely helpful.
She’s cut through all the red tape because of the massive amounts of weddings that she has planned.
Contact her using the form above with your questions. She is normally extremely helpful.
A marriage certificate isn’t something you want to get wrong.
Imagine how that would look on a family tree in 200 years time!
Maybe even most importantly, Erica can tell you how to legalize your marriage in your home country.
Imagine flying home from Mexico and discovering that you have to do it all over again because of some mistake on the paperwork.
Not a bad obligation if you have the time and money, but most of us don’t.
So don’t leave it to chance.
But, after saying that, Mexico marriage requirements are much simpler than most people imagine, and they don’t cost a lot of money.
So if you’re coming to Playa Del Carmen to get married, I only have one thing left to say…send me an invite!
Lots of love,
It’s your turn. Do you know of any other requirements or recent changes to the law that are relevant here? Please leave them in the comments section below!