The following list of legal requirements is needed for legal marriage. The Now Emerald Wedding Coordinator must receive the following documents to begin the application for marriage in the Civil Registry Office.
- Bride, Groom & Witnesses must arrive in Cancun 4 business days prior to the wedding.
- Tourist card (you will receive your tourist card when you arrive to the Cancun airport).
- If Bride or Groom are divorced, they will need their original Birth Certificates and Final Divorce Decrees. These documents must be translated into Spanish and each must have a stamp (Le Apostille) of the Registry of their country.
- If someone is divorced, they must send 3 months prior a scanned copy of the Divorce Decree & Birth Certificate Apostille, so the Resort can send it to be translated in Spanish by a Certified Translator in Mexico.Translation services cost is $200.00 USD plus 16% tax, per page. Translation must be done in Mexico, otherwise will not be valid.
- The judge will keep the original Divorce Decrees
- Valid Passports and Bride & Groom’s Birth Certificate (This is essential, otherwise the wedding cannot be performed).
- Blood tests are required and must be taken in Mexico; they are not valid if it is taken elsewhere. 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, RPR (sexually transmitted diseases) and blood type. The results will be ready in 24 hours together with a certificate of the blood test and the charge will be $250 USD+ 16% tax per couple to be paid directly to the doctor in cash the day when the test is taken.
- The Judge usually performs the civil ceremony in their office but will perform at the resort if transportation is provided. A round trip from the city to the resort is $100 USD (on Sundays and Holidays it is $150 USD). This should be paid directly to the judge on the wedding date or you can arrange this in advance through the wedding coordinator.
The Marriage Certificate is only valid in Mexico. To make the Marriage Certificate valid in your county, you must bring it to the court house in your country and have it registered.
- The names, addresses, nationalities, ages, occupation, relationship, copy of a tourist card and a valid identification of the 4 witnesses. The Wedding Coordinator will request this information at the moment of the reservation of the wedding date.
- If Bride or Groom are widowed, they will need the original Death Certificate. This document must be translated into Spanish and must have a stamp (Le Apostille) of the Registry of their country. Translation services (Death Certificate) cost is $200.00 USD plus 16% tax, per page. Translation must be done in Mexico, otherwise will not be valid. The judge will keep the original Document.
- * NEW LEGAL REQUIREMENT! If you would like your parents’ names on your marriage certificate an official certified copy of the groom and brides birth certificated needs to be sent to the wedding coordinator 2 months prior to the wedding. These documents must be translated into Spanish and each must have a stamp (Le Apostille) of the registry of their country. Translation services cost $100 USD plus a 16% TAX per certificate. All translation must be done in Mexico; otherwise it will not be valid.