Aug 1, 2011, 6:01 PM
Post #15 of 24
See http://www.mexconnect.com/...o-to-marry-in-mexico for complete article of this excerpt:
Each state in Mexico has its own set of laws prescribing the finer points of getting married, but there's a prevailing theme of basic requirements. The Registro Civil, found in every city and burg, serves as the city hall's marriage license bureau, and the bride and groom will need to make their application at the Registro Civil serving the locale where they plan to wed. The requirements described below are the maximum requirements.
At the Registro Civil, the betrothed couple will file an application, present the original and copies of their passports, proof that they're legally in Mexico (the FMT, or tourist card, FM-3, FM-2 or other visa), certified copies of their birth certificates, medical tests results, and two legally qualified witnesses who will be present at the civil ceremony. Photo identification will be required of all the participants.
The requirements don't stop here. First, the certified copies of each birth certificate must bear the apostille of the Secretary of State in which the document was issued. And then it must be translated by an approved translator.
If this marriage is a second trip to the altar for either party, then proof of how the prior marriage terminated is required, which means providing a divorce decree or death certificate, certified, apostilled and translated. Divorced persons cannot marry until a full year has passed since entry of the final decree.
The D.F. is one of the few places in Mexico which allows same gender to marry. As a result, it may require that the applicants prove residency. Parties whose previous marriages have ended by death or divorce must document that. As a result there may be higher hurdle for a gay couple to marry in the D.F. than there is for a straight couple to marry in Guanajuato.
Cristina Potters, you are doing the forum a disservice both as a moderator and as a poster by making sweeping, broad statements like you’ve done in this thread. What may have happened to you in the D.F., marrying a person of the same sex and where either you or your partner have had prior relationships, is NOT the rule in the rest of the country. Gay marriages are the exception – not the rule.
Again, let me reiterate: Any foreigner who is legally in the country, whether under a tourist card, FM-2, FM-3 or who is inmigrado, CAN marry a Mexican citizen after getting permission to do from INM.
This has been verified by a neighbor of mine who happens to be a lawyer.
(This post was edited by Ric Hoffman on Aug 1, 2011, 8:35 PM)