September 30, 2021

Let me start this post by saying the most important thing:  you don’t have to be a resident of Mexico to get married there. Two foreigners can get married in a country with a passport, tourist visa, and minimum amount of paperwork. 

Same-sex marriage is legal in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit along with Mexico City and 18 of the 31 states. These marriages are recognized nationwide (even in states where same-sex couples cannot marry) and by various federal departments and organizations like medical insurances, banks, etc.




1.- Marriage format filled at the Registro Civil Office.

2.- Go to the pre-marriage course at the DIF offices, they will give you a proof document that you must present at this office. tel. of dif. 22 5 99 36 to 40.

3.- Certified birth certificates before the civil registry of the couple, recent, no longer than one year (no extract, ask for it in a picture applies only for Jalisco certificates) + 2 simple copies of each. In case of being a foreigner, present: recent birth certificate and/or naturalization apostilled or legalized according to your country, translated into Spanish with the authorized experts within Puerto Vallarta, and identify yourself with your passport and legal copy. 

4.- Travel Permits: Original copies of the tourist permit which was completed at the port of entry or another resident permit (visa, FM3, FM2, etc)

5.- Medical certificate (the validity of the same must be within 15 natural days from the date of your marriage). Signature and professional certificate of the issuing doctor. 

6.- Clinical analysis (blood group and v.d.r.l.) the validity of the clinical result must be within 15 natural days from the date of your marriage, such analysis must contain the signature and professional certificate of the doctor.

7.- Copy of the identification of the couple and 02 witnesses. (INE, passport, or driver’s license) current, on a single sheet, office size all of them.



–  Is important that in all your documents your names are in accordance with your birth certificate and or naturalization letter if not so, they will not be received and therefore your marriage will not be celebrated

–  In case of being divorced and/or widowers, must present their original death or divorce certificate with a validity of no longer than one year, in the case of divorces they have completed the term of law. (if you do not present any document, your marriage will not be celebrated. 

–  In case of opting for the marital partnership or separation of assets regime and/or have property assets, you should go to a public notary and make marriage capitulations with a public deed number. If you do not have assets of separation, in the case of separation. goods, Registro civil office will make you a contract of agreement.

–  Go with unlimited time on the day of your wedding, if it will be celebrated at the Registro Civil Offices.

–  Both the couple and their witnesses must arrive at the time cited or your marriage will be canceled.

–  The Registro Civil Offices celebrates weddings from Monday to Thursday and at a venue from Monday to Sunday.

–  If you wish to celebrate your marriage at a venue, notify us with timely, the day, and place and time to schedule, always and when corresponds to this municipality of Puerto Vallarta.

–  Payment of duties for at a venue marriage $ 1040.00 MX, plus regime, plus + travel allowance for the official. (around a total of $2,958MX) If you marry in the office, you will only pay the type of regime you choose.

–  If your wedding is by yacht, balloon, sailboat, etc $ 5,396.00 MX

–  If you get married in the office, deliver your documents 10 days in advance to give you your appointment according to the agenda.

–  If for any personal situation you are urgent to celebrate your marriage, notify us and you will be attended as soon as possible; (only when it meets all the requirements).



Phone 322 22 3 42 40 and 322 22 3 25 00 ext 1018







MEZCALES, Nay.Address: Av México 31, Centro,CP 63735 

BUCERÍAS, Nay. Address: Av. Héroes de Nacozari #17-Int. 2, Loma Bonita, CP 63732 

SAYULITA, Nayarit Address Avenida Revolución CP 63728 



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As of the day that I’m writing this post, for foreigners, there is no obligation to take the course that is mandatory for Mexicans, as the course is available only in Spanish. Anyhow you must pay for the certificate that will cost you $600 MX, (the price is cheaper for locals). You must show them your and your partner’s ID and give them a copy of each.


If you are curious about what is said on the two to three hours long course these are the main topics;


  • Forms of termination of marriage and Rights and obligations of marriage.
  • Concept of marriage and its legal nature, as established in article 258 of the Civil Code of the State of Jalisco.
  • Types of regimes of legal partnership:


Legal Society (Partnership); equivalent to community property laws in the United States.


Spousal (Conjugal) Society;  In case of opting for the marital partnership or separation of assets regime and/or have property assets, you should go to a public notary and make marriage capitulations with a public deed number. If you do not have assets of separation, in the case of separation. goods, Registro civil office will make you a contract of agreement. Any asset acquired by the couple after the wedding will be considered community property.                             


Separation Of Assets; both parties keep their existing assets separate at the time of the marriage.


Other topics that are covered  (it varies from office to office) Choice of Partner, Handling of Individual Differences, Causes of Divorce, Gender and Violence, Communication and Life Project, Purposes and characteristics of the marriage.




Phone: 01-322-225 9936 to the 40. 01-800-4000-406

Adress: Av. Las Palmas #105, Colonia Barrio Santa María. C.P. 48325 

Puerto Vallarta Jalisco, México.




Phone:01 (329) 291.1871

Adress: Hidalgo #500 sur – Col. Centro – C.P 63731

Valle de Banderas, Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit.





This is the difficult part of the process, as a foreigner, you must bring the original pieces of all your documents, and a translation of them notarized by the Mexican government is done by an approved translation. They must also have an Apostille stamp done in your country, which authenticates them. The process for this stamp can vary depending on your city; check your government’s regulations for confirmation.


 Note for Canadians: Canada isn’t part of The Hague international convention, so is not a signatory to the international Apostille convention, and the procedures do not apply there. You will need instead of a notarization procedure for legal documents at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and then at the closest Mexican Consulate to your home.


Finally, after the marriage, you will get a Mexican Marriage Certificate, ‘Acta de Matrimonio’ as is called in Spanish,  that you will need to certified with an international apostille on Mexico, and then the translation by a translator approved by your government, and then filed officially in the documents of your local jurisdiction in your home country




​Your visitor’s permit, obtained at your port of entry or, if you’re resident in Mexico, a copy of your resident permit. It is especially important that in all your documents your names are in accordance with your Birth Certificate, if not, they will not be received and therefore your marriage will not be celebrated.




The Prenuptial Medical Certificate may vary. However, this is the basic structure:


  • Letterhead, which must indicate all the data corresponding to the region, district, locality, clinic, and other identifying data. 
  • The date corresponding to the day the doctor issues the certificate, not the date the exams were carried out.
  • Complete identification data of the patients, as well as the data that the doctor considers pertinent.
  • Evidence is made of the Anamnesis, which is the set of data that are obtained by the specialist through a questionnaire to take the patient’s medical history.
  • Summary of the medical examinations, where the reference to all the studies carried out is indicated, to know the state of health of each of the members of the couple.
  • In favorable cases, the diagnosis is issued as a Healthy Patient.
  • Approval of the doctor with his signature, stamp, and identification data.





You must go to an official medical laboratory to get a test that documents the blood type of the spouses and certifies that they have no chronic diseases with no viable treatment, as well as contagious or hereditary diseases. ​it must be done in México (as needs to be in Spanish) and must be on the 15 days prior to the date of your marriage.




Grupo Diagnosti-k

Address: Av. Francisco Villa 1389-A, Fluvial Vallarta, 48312 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

Phone: 322 224 8622


Sanlor Marina Laboratory at CMQ Hospital 

Address: Basilio Badillo 365, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.Phone: 322 223 1919


Laboratorio Clinico Sanlor at Hospital Joya

Phone: 322 226 1010 Address: Blvrd Francisco Medina Ascencio 2760 C, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.




Sanlor Marina Laboratory at Hospital CMQ Riviera Nayarit

Address: Av. Héroes de Nacozari 280 Bucerías, 63732 Riviera Nayarit, Nay.

Phone: 329 298 0717

Punta Mita Hospital Laboratory

Address: Acceso a numero 1, 63734 Punta de Mita, Nay. Phone: 329 688 0059



You will need to show the originals and a copy of your two witnesses, your partner, and your IDs and ​​Valid passport,  preferably printed all on the same page on legal-size paper.





Although is not an intricate process as you can see, there is a lot of paperwork to do, so I recommend you to do it only if it is SUPER meaningful to you. And let me end this blog post by saying that you can have a meaningful symbolic ceremony incorporating one (or several) of these modern rituals that I will talk about in my next blog.


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