Legal Requirements for Destination Weddings in Mexico

Legal Requirements Mexico final We must verify the documentation that is required with the hotel to ensure that all neccesary steps are completed as the rules may change from state to state  for  getting married within Mexico.

Note that the information on this page is subject to change and information on this site is to be used as a guideline and all information should be verified with the consulate and resort.

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Please Contact Us and we will help guide you in the right direction and answer any questions that you may have about the  for getting married in this country.

It is very important to start this process early to ensure that everything is in order such as having a valid passport and your birth certificate.  We will provide you with the information to help you with the quickest way to retrieve your birth certificate and passport.  

Simply Contact Us and we will gladly discuss your Destination Wedding and help you with the entire process from beginning to end.  We understand how you feel as we planned our own Destination Wedding and there are so many things to think about from securing the best group rate all the way to important steps such as the process of the required process for getting married in the country that you choose.

Note that sections 2 and 3 are the only arrangements you have to do beforehand at the Mexican consulate in Toronto. A fee of around can $57.00 (please inquire) applies for the legalization of each document.
1. Completed application, to be obtained in Mexico at the registry office.

2. Certified copy of the Canadian birth certificates (the long form, not the credit-card size), which must be a) authenticated by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (authentication and service of documents section, tel. 613-995-0119) and b) legalized by the Mexican consulate in Toronto. This consulate only legalizes certificates of persons who were born in the provinces of Ontario or Manitoba (for other Canadian provinces please inquire). Nationals of other countries need to get either their birth certificates duly legalized by the Mexican embassies or consulates in the corresponding country, or certified by their embassies or consulates in Canada and, afterwards, legalized by the Mexican consulate.

a. Be advised that some registry offices may request a translation into Spanish of the said documents as well as of those mentioned in the next paragraph.

3. If either party has been married before, they must present proof of the termination of that marriage in the form of a divorce certificate (original or certified copy) or a death certificate (original or certified copy). In either case these documents must be a) authenticated by the Canadian ministry of foreign affairs (authentication and service of documents section, tel. 613-995-0119) and be legalized by a Mexican consulate with jurisdiction over the place where the divorce or the spouse’s death took place. Divorced persons cannot marry in Mexico until one year after the finalization of the divorce.

4. Results of a clinical analysis (blood test), to be done in MexicoBride and Groom

5. Tourist card and/or visa as well as a copy of the valid passport to demonstrate migratory status (for nationals of canada a certified copy of the birth certificate along with a piece of photo bearing identification will suffice).

6. Two legally qualified witnesses (over 18 years of age), who must be present at the ceremony.

Marriages are performed at the civil registry offices, but may be performed elsewhere for an additional fee.

A certified copy of the original marriage certificate (acta de matrimonio) may be obtained from the office of the civil registry, once the marriage has been performed. This document can be legalized by the Canadian Embassy or Canadian consulates in Mexico in order to be recognized as valid for legal purposes in Canada.

Religious marriages, which have no legal implications in Mexico, require an additional ceremony. Information about requirements must be obtained from the corresponding local church officials.

Each state in Mexico has its own marriage laws so some regulations may vary from state to state.

Please Contact Us about the legal requirements and we will help guide you in the right direction and answer any questions that you may have about the  for getting married in Mexico.


Embassy of Mexico
1500-45 O'Connar St
Ottawa, ON. K1P 1A4
Tel: 613-233-8988 Fax: 613-235-9123

Mexican Government Tourist Office
2 Bloor Street West, Suite 1502
Toronto, ON. M4W 3E2
Tel: 416-925-0704 Fax: 416-925-6061