your engagement! Here's what you need to know to get legally
married when you and/or your fiance is abroad on business,
incarcerated or on active duty overseas. A brief summary of the process is
available here. Your proxy marriage will be legal in
the Federal District of Mexico City, the United States and in all
countries that recognize Marriage as an institution. Our services are guaranteed! We offer a wide variety of
proxy marriage services.
Consent: People under the age of 18
may not get married in Mexico without parental consent. With
parental consent, boys have to be at least 16 and girls need to
be at least 14 years of age.
Getting Married to Foreigners: You don't need to be a
resident or present in Mexico in order to get married by proxy.
If you plan to get married to a Mexican in Mexico, you
will need additional documentation.
Outside of Mexico: Your Marriage Certificate will be
valid world-wide, BUT you can get your documents
certificated by the US State Department if you used a
notarised application and power of attorney. This is to
ensure that it is legally accepted when you get back
home. It can be authenticated by an American authority
(usually the Secretary of State), from the state where
the notary originated, who attaches an "Apostille" to the documents
you submit as your application.(Optional $450)
Required Legal Documents
An American or other foreigner wishing to be married in Mexico
must present or have presented on their behalf to the appropriate
Civil Registry certain documents described in the paragraphs
Foreign documents listed below (with the exception of your
passport) will need to be submitted in your application. Once
your application is submitted/faxed (775) 254-2924 to our
office we will process it as follows;
through one of the attorneys assigned to assure the
proper processing of your marriage;
'Legalised' in the country where you live by the
appropriate organisation or authorities. (In the UK the
Foreign Office undertakes this task; in the United States
this implies that at least one signature is Notarized and out side of the
United States this implies that your signature is
witnessed by a friend, co-worker or family member.
Application Forms: These forms are attained
Certificates: IF AVAILABLE- Not all applicants will
have copies of their birth certificates so copies are (OPTIONAL)
The Marriage Process
Mexico, only LEGAL PROXY civil marriages are
recognized as legal. Persons wishing to do so may
also have a religious ceremony, but it has no
legal effect and does not replace in any way the
legal binding civil marriage. A civil wedding in
Mexico is fully valid for legal purpose in the
U.S. A ceremonial marriage can take place after
you civil marriage has been completed.
marriages are performed by the Civil Registry of
each municipality (Registro Civil).
proxy marriage will be performed by a Liscensed
duly appointed Registrar and properly recorded
Civil Marriages are performed at the premises of
the "Registro Civil".
- You will need
to pay your Marriage License fee ,attorney, translation
and proxy stand-in fees. The cost is calculated and
provided as one simple fee., allow the waiting period
to go by (anything from 30 minutes to a few days,
depending on the State), and then the ceremony can take
place and the marriage will be legal.
- The least
expensive option is to have the ceremony performed at the
Local Registry Office. For a further fee, you can arrange
for the ceremony to take place elsewhere (hotel, beach,
colonial mansion, etc). You will need to make further
arrangements with all parties involved, or instruct your
Wedding Planner to arrange this on your behalf.
- Once the civil
ceremony has been completed, you will need to obtain a
certified copy of the marriage certificate (Acta de
Matrimonio). This will prove that you have been legally
wed in accordance with Mexican law, and the marriage will
be recognised just about everywhere in the world where it
can be, including the USA, Canada, United Kingdom / EU.
- Word is, that
local authorities in Cancun are charging foreigners a
disproportionate fee of US$600 (£420) for a permit to
get married there (locals pay around US$30/£20).
Are very difficult to arrange here for a variety of reasons,
Firstly, the Mexican government recognizes only civil weddings;
Secondly, the Roman Catholic Church (which predominates in this
country)requires compliance with many formalities, which have
proven be cumbersome in most cases. The civil judge, however, has
no problem with a minister or lay person being present and
speaking at the ceremony, on several occasions, protestant
ministers (usually Presbyterian) have read from the bible, etc.
If you would like
to get married in a church in Mexico, this can be arranged,
although additional planning and fees will be required.