Documentation required for each participant in a Civil Marriage Ceremony follows (bring the originals plus one complete set of copies):
- Valid passport.
- One additional form of valid picture identification, such as a driver’s license.
- Original birth certificate.
- Mexican entry visa or tourist card (this is provided by Customs upon arrival at the Cancun International Airport).
- Blood test results for HIV and STD. These tests and the required medical certificate are normally taken care of at the hotel with results in 24 hours.
- If either party has been married before, the proper dissolution documents, dated at least one year prior to the wedding date, must be provided. If by divorce, a certified copy of the divorce decree. If by death, a certified copy of the death certificate.
- Legal documentation of adoption or name change, if applicable.
- Two witnesses for the bride and two for the groom. If the witnesses are not Mexican citizens, they must provide their Mexico entry visit or a tourist card, passport and another form of picture ID.
- Completed and signed “Application for Civil Marriage.” This is normally available to sign at the Office of the Registro Civil upon arrival.
Required documentation for the bride and groom for the Religious or Non-denominational Ceremony includes the following:
- Any two of the following: Valid passport, Driver’s license, Birth certificate (a valid passport is a required document).
- Mexican entry visa or tourist card (provided by Customs upon arrival at the Cancun International Airport).
- Two witnesses with their passport, driver’s license, birth certificate and their Mexican entry visa or tourist card.
- If either party has been married before, the proper dissolution documents must be provided. If by divorce, a certified copy of the divorce decree or, if by death, a copy of the death certificate.
- A copy of the original Marriage Certificate.
NOTE: All foreign documents which are to be submitted must have the legal Spanish translation and must be certified by an Apostille, An apostille is an internationally recognized notary certification, done in the country of origin of the document, and usually issued by the State Department of each country. In the United States, contact the Secretary of State in the state where you live. In Canada contact the nearest Mexican Embassy Office and ask for the Authentication Document which serves the same purpose as the Apostille document.
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