Many of our lovely brides and grooms are hesitant to undergo a legal wedding ceremony in Mexico, due primarily to the misconception that the application process is long and difficult. Not so! Today we would like to bust this myth and outline how simple a legal wedding ceremony can be!
Frequently Asked Questions about Legal Ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, and Mexico:
Who can perform a legal wedding ceremony in Mexico?
A legal wedding ceremony can only be performed by a Mexican Justice of the Peace.
Must we have the ceremony performed in government offices?
No, your Justice of the Peace will be happy to travel to the location of your choice to perform your ceremony.
Is my marriage legally recognized when I return home.
100%. Mexican civil marriages are recognized as legal throughout the world. Depending on your home state/country, certain government departments may require a certified translation of your marriage certificate; however this is a service your coordinator can provide upon receipt of the marriage license.
Does my ceremony have to be conducted in Spanish?
Yes, all civil marriages in Mexico must be conducted in Spanish, as required by Mexican law. That being said, your coordinator or her assistant should offer to translate, and you will always answer your “repeat after me’s” in English.
Must I have blood work taken in the days leading up to the wedding?
While the answer is yes, the process is painless! Your coordinator will organize for a qualified lab technician to draw a small amount of blood from each of you within the comfort of your hotel room. All needles are new and shown to you in sealed packets before proceeding. If you are more comfortable providing your own needles you are also more than welcome to do so. Lab tests must be completed a minimum of 2 business days before the wedding and results will be delivered direct to your coordinator, who will then pass them on to the Justice of the Peace.
It is important to understand that your Lab work must be done by a State appointed Lab technician and your tests results presented in Legal Health State Department Stationary with an official stamp.
Can I marry legally in Mexico if I have been divorced previously?
In compliance with Mexican law, the Justice of the Peace is only permitted to conduct a legal ceremony if previous divorces have been finalized no later than one year before your wedding date. They will require first and last page copies of any previous divorce decrees.
Do I require witnesses?
4 witnesses are required on the wedding day. These witnesses must be 18 years of age or over. Biological parents are not permitted to act as witnesses.
What documentation to I need to present?
When presenting the following paperwork to your coordinator, be sure to make sure that all copies are clear and legible.
- Marriage Application Format: Your coordinator will ask you to complete this document in English, and she will then translate it to Spanish before submitting to the Justice of the Peace.
- Copies of Birth Certificates of both bride and groom: the judge will not accept Passports as substitutes for birth certificates
- Copies of Passports of both bride and groom
- Lab Work for both bride and groom
- Copies of divorce decrees (first and last page only: IF APPLICABLE
- Copies of Mexican Tourist Visas for both bride and groom: These will be presented to you by immigration officials as you enter Mexico.
- Copies of IDs of your 4 witnesses
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Marriage of US Citizens Abroad: http://travel.state.gov/law/info/marriage/marriage_640.html