As many of you know, Jorge and I had our civil ceremony last month... so now we're legally married! (finally haha) I thought it might be useful to go over the steps we went through since it requires some time coordination between Registro Civil and immigration. 1. First, Jorge went to Registro Civil to ask about what they needed from us. I'm sorry that I don't have the exact list, but everything on there was documentation we already had, except for permission from immigration and a paper stating that Jorge is not currently married. 2. To get his paper stating he is single, Jorge went to Registro Civil yet again with his information. They informed him it would take a few weeks or months to process (there's a waiting list and the paper comes from Chetumal). If you pay extra, you can get this paper more quickly. Friends of ours have paid $800 pesos to get it within a few days. We paid $500 to get it in 2 weeks, but lucky us, it arrived a week early! Jorge went back to Registro Civil to pick it up. 3. While he was at Registro Civil to pick up his paper, Jorge also made a date for our wedding. We decided to hold it at the Registro Civil because it's cheaper. (Hiring a judge to go to your home or an event location costs around $1000 - $4000 extra pesos, depending on the judge, day and time.) He was given a form to fill out and told to turn it in 3 days before the wedding date. 4. With this done, I gathered up my papers to get permission from immigration. Here's what I had to turn in: The appropriate form filled out electronically at Inicio - Instituto Nacional de Migración My passport: original and copy My FM3: original and copy A letter signed by Jorge and myself (in Spanish), stating that we have nothing to prevent us from being married, the number of the Registro Civil where we will be married, state, municipio, city, and the date given to us by Registro Civil. Official ID for the Mexican fiance (we used his IFE card): original and copy Payment of $2658 pesos Letter from your legal representative, if you're using one (we used a lawyer) 5. I received the permission from INM after about a week. Remember that I used a lawyer for this, so I can't really comment on how things were done at INM. It does seem that these kinds of changes are expedited more than a simple renewal, which is good because we had a strict deadline. 6. Once you receive permission from INM, you have to be married within 30 days. (This is why I mentioned previously that it's important to time things well... Registo Civil gives you a specific date, so your permission from INM must be received not only before that date, but also it can't come more than 30 days before that date. Luckily we had no hiccups.) 7. Three days prior to the wedding date, we had to turn in the following at Registro Civil: My official document with permission from INM 2 copies of official ID for your 4 witnesses (2 for the bride, and 2 for the groom) We used their IFE cards. 2 copies of offical ID for the bride and groom The paper mentioned in step 3, which asks for addresses, parent information, DOB, etc. This paper also requires signatures from all 4 witnesses as well as the bride and groom. $1,300 pesos. This price is for a foreigner marrying a Mexican. For 2 Mexicans, the price is only $300. I believe that for 2 foreigners, the price is higher. 8. On the morning of the wedding, we brought the original IDs for ourselves and our witnesses, along with a copy of the paper we had turned in at Registro Civil a few days prior. After 30 seconds, we were all checked in and were able to go into the small chapel. 9. The ceremony was very short. The judge ran quickly through the usual things, we signed and fingerprinted a paper, we got signatures from all 4 witnesses, and it was done. Took about 5 minutes. 10. Once you're married, you have a period of 30 days to go to immigration and register with the National Registry of Foreigners. This costs $670 pesos. We will be doing that this week. As always, make sure you ask for lists of requirements at Registro Civil and INM for any tramite, as the requirements are subjec to change over time (and depending on the mood of whomever you speak with). In general, this was a confusing multi-step process, but all of the paperwork was very easy to get.