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Marriage in the State of Chihuahua

If an American Citizen plans to marry in Mexico, he/she must follow all the applicable rules and laws of Mexico. A marriage will be recognized in the United States as long as it is apostilled and translated. Only marriages performed by Civil Registry Officials (not religious officials) are considered legal and valid in Mexico.

U.S. Citizens must have a valid Passport and their Tourist or Residence permits up to date with Mexican Immigration Authorities; you must also request from Mexican Immigration a marriage permit. Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, the marriage can be performed at the Civil Registry Office.

Requirements For Marriage In Civil Registry Office

  • Completed marriage application, giving exact names of applicants, just as they appear in their birth certificates (Article 93 of the Civil Code)
  • Birth Certificate and three photocopies (Mexican Citizen).
  • For the American Citizen: Apostilled birth certificate translated into Spanish.  "FMT" form (Tourist or Residence), and a special permit to marry in Mexico issued by Mexican Immigration.
  • Four witnesses. Two for each applicant (over 18 yrs. of age) with original and copy of a valid photo I.D (both sides).
  • Proof of Planned Parenthood lecture given at the "Consejo Estatal de Poblacion" located at: Oficialia 01, corner of Heroico Colegio Militar Street and Francisco Villa Street in downtown Juarez.

    The lecture is a one-day event from 3:30p.m. to 5:30p.m. and from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. weekdays (Please do NOT bring children and arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the lecture). A fee of $50.00 pesos must be paid at the Civil Registry’s cashier between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m.

    In Chihuahua City: At the Civil Registry Office (northern zone) - corner of Tecnologico Ave. and Sicomoro Street. Weekdays from 7p.m. to 9:00p.m. A fee of $30.00 pesos  must be paid at the Civil Registry Office between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. You must arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the lecture.

    Note: A Planned Parenthood lecture from Juarez is valid in Chihuahua City and vice versa.
  • Prenuptial medical examination, issued by the local General Hospital, or by another public or private entity of their selection, which should include HIV, V.D.R.L. and blood type, issued no more than 15 days before the marriage takes place. Medical examinations from the U.S. are NOT acceptable.
  • If applicants are living together or have children, all of the above requirements still apply, including Steps 5 and 6.
  • Photo I.D. and a copy (both sides) for each of the applicants.
  • If applicants are divorced or widowed, they should present the corresponding divorce or death certificates and three copies.
  • When one or both of the persons marrying is/are under the age of 18, the parents of the minor(s) must present photo I.D. to be able to give their consent and must accompany them first to City Hall to obtain an "Underage Permit" and then to the Civil Registry Office.
  • An appointment for the marriage must be scheduled the day before. Bring all the above required documents to the Civil Registry Office from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. Monday through Friday. Marriages at a location other than the Civil Registry Office require an appointment at least 14 days in advance. As of June 2011, fees were:
    • Private Ceremony: $496.00 Pesos
    • Marriage Performed at Home: $4089.00 Pesos

Civil Registry Offices In Juarez, Mexico

If calling from the U.S. dial 011-52 before the number

  • Oficialia Aztecas: Centro Comunitario No. 1. Corner of Codorniz St. and Ave. de los Aztecas. Phone #: (656) 610-01-42
  • Oficialia Zaragoza: Plaza Bensa, Carretera Juarez Porvenir.    Phone #: (656) 682-05-24
  • Oficialia Zona Centro (01): Corner of Heroico Colegio Militar Street and Francisco Villa Street (Recaudacion de Rentas building)    Phone #: (656) 629-33-00 Ext. 55150 & Ext. 155153 
  • Oficialia 05: Eje Juan Gabriel, edificio administrativo del Gobierno del Estado. Phone #: (656) 629-33-00 Ext. 55704, 55705
  • Oficialia 06: El Mezquital, Ave. El Mezquital corner with Almendro Street . Phone # (656) 637-44-03

Civil Registry Offices In Chihuahua City, Mexico

If calling from the U.S. dial 011-52 before the number

  • Oficialia 01: Calle Libertad y 13a. Col. Centro Phone #: (614) 429-33-00 ext. 148819
  • Oficialia 02: Avenida Ocampo y Justiniani Phone #: (614) 420-99-95
  • Oficialia 17 (Zona Norte): Avenida Tecnologico #5506 Phone #: (614) 421-47-77
  • Oficialia 18 : Pistolas Meneses, Carretera a Ciudad Juarez Km 14.5   Phone (614) 185-36-99

For Locations in other cities in Chihuahua State, please contact the Consulate.