Marriage Requirements - Mexico

The following list of legal requirements are needed only for legal marriage. The Secrets Riviera Cancun Wedding Coordinator must receive the following documents to begin the application for marriage in the Civil Registry Office.

  • Bride, Groom & four witnesses must arrive in Cancun four business days prior (minimum) to the wedding day (Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays do not count) with valid passports. Symbolic and non-legal ceremonies allow flexibility for arrival date. Please speak with the wedding coordinator to discuss requirements.
  • Tourist Card (Receive these upon arrival at Cancun International Airport)
  • If Bride is divorced and kept her married name on her passport, please contact your Secrets Riviera Cancun Coordinator for more info.
  • Blood test must be taken in Mexico. To be considered valid, the test should not be taken more than 14 days prior to the ceremony. The blood will be tested for HIV, STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results will be ready in 24 hours along with a certificate of the blood test
  • The names, addresses, nationalities, ages, occupation, relationship, copy of a tourist card and a valid identification of the four witnesses. Wedding Coordinator will fill out the legal form. The witnesses can be relatives, friends or anyone who has a valid passport.
  • The Marriage Certificate will be provided by the judge in Spanish, your wedding coordinator will be able to send it to translate. The process will take approximately one month. The fee will be $80 USD +16% tax.
  • The Marriage Certificate is only valid in Mexico. In order to make it legal internationally, the Wedding Coordinator will send a copy of your License to the Validation Process. The fee will be $70 USD +16% tax. The process will take up to 2-6 months. Once the document is apostilled, the resort will send all documentation to couples home address.
  • NEW LEGAL REQUIREMENT! Special Certificate (CIR). Please send 2 months prior the wedding scanned copies of the bride and groom’s passport and birth certificates to request a NON marriage letter by Quintana Roo State. This letter certifies the couple does not have a previous marriage registered in the State of Quintana Roo. This Certification letter has an additional fee. Please check with the wedding coordinator for details. If someone is divorced, they must send a scanned copy of the Divorce Decree & Birth Certificate Apostil , so the resort can send it to be translated in Spanish by a certified translator in Mexico.