Civil (Legal) Ceremony

The only Legal marriage in Mexico is through a civil ceremony performed by the Justice of the Peace of the Civil Registry Office. A civil wedding in Mexico is fully valid for legal purposes worldwide.

A Civil Wedding requires some formalities and a minimum of four weeks to complete the necessary documentation. Vallarta Weddings By Monique will assist you with the requirements, questions and procedures.

Documents - To marry legally in Mexico the bride and groom must obtain certified copies of their birth certificates (preferably issued in the last 5 years) and containing the parent's names, accompanied by a separate document called an "Apostille" (a document similar to a notary) that can be acquired from the office of Secretary of State in the state where you were born.

Canadians do not need an Apostille but must have their birth certificates certified at the Mexican Consulate that has jurisdiction over the region where the documents were issued, or by the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico in Canada (if you have documents from different provinces we recommend that you legalize the documents through the Mexican Embassy). The marriage cannot be legally performed without fulfilling these requirements.

All nationalties will need an I.D. such as a passport or drivers license.
Briefing - Every couple having a civil ceremony in Puerto Vallarta must attend a prenuptial briefing prior to the wedding. This includes watching a short videotape about marriage. The briefing is mandatory and there are no exceptions to this rule.

Blood Tests -The law in Mexico requires that you have the blood tests in Mexico prior to the wedding ceremony. We will take you to the Puerto Vallarta lab that does the testing. No other examinations are necessary.

Witnesses - You require only two witnesses in Puerto Vallarta (witnesses can be friends or family members, but not parents) They must be present at the wedding ceremony, be over 18 and have their original Id's. If necessary Vallarta Weddings By Monique will provide witnesses for you.

Prior Divorce - An "Apostille Protocol" for each divorce is necessary for a divorcee with the final dissolution of the marriage verified by a certified copy of the divorce decree. The Apostille for any divorce can be a acquired from the office of Secretary of State in the state where the divorce was granted. (Be sure to check to see if your divorce decree stipulates a one-year waiting period)

Death certificate of a previous spouse requires an Apostille for someone wishing to re-marry. 

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