Applying for a Marriage License in Mexico

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If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage license laws of Mexico put a dent in your wedding plans.

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Mexico marriage license. It's best to get this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.

ID Requirements in Mexico

If you are not a resident of Mexico, you will be asked for a Tourist Card/Visa and a valid passport. The airlines will provide you with your tourist card if you are flying in. If you are driving, you will have to get one in Mexico.

Some of the states require a certified copy of your birth certificate that has been translated into Spanish and confirmed by your own country.

The documents will be kept, so don't bring originals.


Marriage in Mexico is legal only if it is a civil ceremony performed at a local Civil Register Office (Oficina del Registro Civil). You can have a religious ceremony later.

Residency Requirement in Mexico

None; if you are a foreigner and want to marry a Mexican citizen, you need to have authorization from the National Institute for Migration (Instituto Nacional de Migración).

Waiting Period in Mexico

There is a waiting period of two to three days in Mexico. It varies from state to state. Plan extra time for getting the paperwork all arranged.

It generally takes at least three working days to have your paperwork and documents processed.

Previous Marriages

If you have been divorced, you need to wait a year before applying for a marriage license. You will also need a certified copy of your divorce decree or certified copy of death certificate of deceased spouse.


A blood test for R and HIV and Thorax (chest) X-rays are required in Mexico. It is recommended that these tests be done in Mexico two days before your wedding. The cost of the tests averages $125 per person.


You need two to four witnesses over the age of 18. Your witnesses also need to provide identification. Some areas of Mexico may require that two of the witnesses be from your home country. The number of witnesses required depends on the location of your wedding.


Weddings are not performed on Sundays.

Under 18

Parental consent is required if either of you is under 18.

Fees in Mexico

It will cost you approximately $200 (US Funds) to get married in Mexico.

Proxy Marriages


Same-Sex Marriages

Two areas of Mexico, the state of Coahuila and Mexico City, have civil union laws that give same-sex couples many of the social and legal benefits of heterosexual marriage in Mexico.

More Information

Mexican Tourism Board
Phone: 800-446-3942 or 212-755-7261

Mexico State Government Information

Realize that since every state in Mexico has its own marriage license regulations, you need to check beyond these basic requirements:

PLEASE NOTE: Marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with the local marriage license office before making any wedding or travel plans.