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Marriage in Mexico

Getting Married in Mexico

In Sonora, only civil marriage is recognized as legal.  People wishing to get married in Mexico may also have a religious ceremony but this religious ceremony will have no legal implications.

Marriages are performed by the “Oficina del Registro Civil” (Civil Register Office) for a fee around 600 pesos, marriages can also be performed elsewhere for an additional fee.  The Civil Register’s Office can tell you the amount of the fee.  There are Civil Register offices in each city or town throughout Sonora.

You must present the following documentation at the time of your wedding:

1.- Marriage application (obtained at the civil register office) including a statement as to whether you will marry under joint or separate property .

2.- A certified copy of your birth certificate translated into Spanish and Apostilled

3.- If divorced, a certified copy of the divorce decree also translated into Spanish and Apostilled

4.- Blood tests (they have to be done in Mexico, civil register will provide more info)

5.- 2 legally qualified witnesses.  The witnesses must be over 18, present at the ceremony and have valid government-issued identification. 


Additional notes:  In Sonora, a tourist permit is no longer required.  Divorced people cannot marry in Mexico until one year after the divorce decree is obtained. People under 18 cannot get married without parental consent.  Copies of marriage certificates are available at the Civil Register Office where the ceremony was performed.