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Legal Requirements For Getting Married in Mexico

If you're considering getting married in Mexico, please read through this list of the country's legal requirements, but don't be intimidated - the residency requirement is only 3 days prior to your ceremony (2 days for witnesses), and you basically just need to bring a certified copy of your birth certificate and your passport (and a divorce decree or death certificate if you are divorced or widowed to show that you can legally remarry).  The rest of the paperwork you get in Mexico, and yes, there are fees to translate and file the paperwork, but they are generally not much more than the same fees in the US.   The only bummer is that they still require a blood test, which in most cases you can have taken care of right at your resort - a small price to pay if you have your heart set on getting married in Mexico - few things in life create more lasting romantic memories than marrying your beloved on a beach at sunset or sunrise! 
Civil Office Documents Required for Getting Married in Mexico:
  • Home address and occupations (bride & groom)
  • Birth certificates (Original or certified copy of each one)
  • Valid passports (Although passports are not required for US citizens for entry into Mexico, they are mandatory for weddings)
  • Original blood test (to determine blood type, HIV and STD). Tests must be taken at the resort and results are ready within 24 hours (Fee of approximately $50.00 per person applies)
  • Certified copy of former spouse's death certificate (if applicable)*
  • Certified copy of Divorce decree (if applicable)*. If divorced more than once, please bring each divorce decree with the Apostille attached.
  • Legal documentation of adoption or name change (if applicable)*
  • Tourist ID (provided by customs upon your arrival at Cancun International Airport). Names on Tourist ID and Passport MUST be the same.
  • Name, age, nationality, home address, occupation, passport and tourist ID of 4 witnesses. Witnesses must arrive two (2) days prior to ceremony. If witnesses are not available, most resorts will provide them.
  • Bride and Groom must arrive in Mexico at least 3 working days prior to the wedding ceremony to meet with the wedding coordinator and submit all documents. Ceremony will not be performed unless all documents are in order (no exceptions).  All documents become the property of Mexico.
  • Important - If the Bride or Groom's nationality is Mexican, additional documents are required. Please advise your wedding coordinator. Names on Tourist ID, divorce decree and Passport MUST be the same.
  • FMT tourist card (This document will be given to you by the airline and stamped by the Immigration Officer upon arrival in Mexico)
  • 4 Witnesses, if not Mexican nationals, then their valid passport and FMT tourist cards are required (Tourist cards will be given to you by the airline and stamped by the Immigration Officer upon arrival in Mexico)

Important Notes:

** Do Not Send Documents by Mail **
- Mexican registry office is only open from Monday through Saturday
* An Apostille Document MUST be attached to divorce decrees, death certificates, Adoption and name change documents. For information on how to obtain the Apostille document please contact the Secretary of State office or visit or

Please note that divorce decrees, Apostille documents, death certificates, adoption and name change documents MUST be translated into Spanish by a certified translator and notarized. Translation services are provided at some resorts. (Fee approx. $40.00 per document/per page applies).  Be sure to check with your honeymoon consultant regarding translation services.


Additional Requirements If Getting Married in Mexico At Palace Resorts

- A 50% deposit of the complete package is required 14 days after confirmation is received. Final payment is due 30 days prior to ceremony. A cancellation penalty of $300.00 will apply to all wedding packages if cancelled within 30 days of wedding date.
- Reservations should be made in advance to guarantee preferred wedding date.
- Mexican registry office is only open from Monday through Saturday
- Dress code: Formal or Semi-formal, no shorts or bathing suits
- Packages only apply for residents of US, Canada & Mexico
- Wedding Times:
       April thru September - 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
       October thru March  - 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm