Everything You Need to Know About Marriage Requirements in Mexico

From colonial-style cities with cobbled streets and archways to golden beaches and turquoise waters, Mexico is a dream destination to get married. There are no technical or legal issues for couples marrying in any part of this scenic country. 

But, you have to prepare a few documents and plan to let the ceremony go without a hitch. Here are the marriage requirements in Mexico that your wedding planner will fulfill:

Parental Consent in Mexico

Without parental consent, people under the age of 18 can’t get married in Mexico. You need to consent from your parents when you are a 16-year old boy or a 14-year old girl.  

Medical Tests

You need to take a blood test to get a medical certification in Mexico. It has to be locally conducted and compiled in Spanish. 

There is a specific time limit after completion of the marriage application form within which you should get your medical tests done. Ask your wedding planner if you need a chest X-ray in the state you’re planning your wedding. 

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Witnesses for Marriage Requirements in Mexico

A legal wedding ceremony in Mexico requires four witnesses with valid identification. They can produce their passport or any other government-issued document for identification. 

If you plan on bringing your witnesses, make sure that the couple and witnesses arrive at least three days before the wedding ceremony. 

Essential Documents

American and Canadian citizens do not need their passport to visit or enter Mexico. But, you need to submit it when planning to wed in the country. Get your documents notarized by the respective jurisdiction in your country. 

It sounds like a tedious job, but don’t fret. Your wedding planner will take care of this detail. Other documents required are:

  • Tourist permit on arrival
  • Certified copy of your birth certificates
  • Death certificate or divorce decree as applicable in case of second marriages
  • Formato de estancia if marrying a Mexican national

Types of Marriage in Mexico

This Latin country laws allow only civil weddings. Symbolic blessings and religious weddings are also possible here, but they aren’t legalized without a civil component. Like most Mexicans, you can get both a civil marriage and a religious ceremony afterward. 

The entire process of meeting these marriage requirements in Mexico may take a few days for completion. Our wedding experts will help you at every step of the way. You can relax and focus on the fun elements while we’ll look after the legalities. 

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