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Mexico legal requirements for marriage

Our Romantic Travel Experts want to make sure all your wedding day details are taken care of. Here are a few legal requirements that you should be aware of when planning a wedding in Mexico.

If you should have any further questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-331-1366.

Bride, Groom & four witnesses must arrive in Mexico three business days prior (minimum) to the wedding day (Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays do not count) with valid passports.

  • Tourist Card (receive these upon arrival at the International Airport).
  • If Bride is divorced and kept her married name on her passport, please contact your Destination Wedding Specialist for more information.
  • Blood test must be taken in Mexico. To be considered valid, the test should not be taken more than 14 days prior to the ceremony. The blood will be tested for HIV, STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results will be ready in 24 hours along with a certificate of the blood test.
  • The names, addresses, nationalities, ages, occupation, relationship, copy of a tourist card and a valid identification of the four witnesses. Wedding Coordinator will fill out the legal form. The witnesses can be relatives, friends or anyone who has a valid passport.
  • The Marriage Certificate will be provided by the judge in Spanish, your wedding coordinator will be able to send it to translate. The process will take approximately one month. The fee will be $80 USD +10% tax.
  • The Marriage Certificate is only valid in Mexico. In order to make it legal internationally, the Wedding Coordinator will send a copy of your License to the Validation Process. The fee will be $70 USD +10% tax. The process will take up to 2-3 months. Once the document is apostilled, the resort will send all documentation to couple's home address.

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