Attesting Mexican Documents (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about Mexican Apostille services

Can Mexican documents be legalized by Apostille?

Yes - Mexico is a member of the Apostille Convention.

Mexican documents can be legalized for use abroad with an Apostille Stamp when destined for other signatory countries without additional certification by the destination country.

When Mexican documents are required for non-apostille countries, such as AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - MY MalaysiaMalaysia - TH ThailandThailand - ZM ZambiaZambia - QA QatarQatar they need additional authentication by the embassy of the destination country.

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What types of documents can be legalized in Mexico for use abroad?

Documents can be authenticated in Mexico with an Apostille Stamp when signed by a Federal or State official, including Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates, Criminal Record Certificates (Constancia de Antecedentes Penales), Registry Data Certificates (Constancia de Datos Registrales), university diplomas and course transcripts, medical certificates, GMP certificates, certificates of origin and documents, copies of the span lang="es" class="i">Diario Oficial de la Federación, and other documents certified in Mexico by a Notario Público or Corredor Público.

To confirm whether your document is eligible for a Mexican Apostille Stamp or legalization by the Mexican Secretariat for Home Affairs or State Government, please contact us and we’ll check your document free of charge.

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How can I obtain an apostille for a Mexican birth, death or marriage certificate?

Apostilles for Mexican birth, death and marriage certificates are issued by the Government of the State where the birth, death or marriage was registered, in most cases the Secretariat or General Directorate, Dirección General Jurídica y de Estudios Legislativos for certificates issued in Mexico City, Dirección General de Asuntos Jurídicos in Guerrero for Acapulco marriage certificates.

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How can I obtain my Mexican Criminal Record Certificate to use abroad?

There are different types of Criminal Record Certificates issued in Mexico.

Federal Criminal Record Certificates (Constancia de Antecedentes Penales Federales) can be obtained online from the Secretary of Citizen Security (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública). Certificates are issued as digitally signed PDFs. These certificates are available to Mexican and non-Mexican nationals who require a criminal record certificate for submission to a foreign embassy or consulate. To apply online, you need to provide your CURP - Unique Population Registry Code (Clave Única de Registro de Población). Mexican nationals will need to upload a copy of their birth certificate and valid ID. Non-Mexican nationals will need to provide an Apostilled copy of their birth certificate translated into Spanish, passport and FM3 residency visa (tarjeta migratoria)

Registry Data Certificate (Constancia de Datos Registrales) lists judicial records, including preliminary investigations, involving the applicant. Registry Data Certificates or Proof Of Registration Data are issued by the Attorney General's Office (Fiscalía General de la República"). To obtain a Registry Data Certificate, a requesting letter is required from a Mexican Mexican embassies abroad EmbassyExternal link (opens in new tab) or Mexican consulates abroad ConsulateExternal link (opens in new tab) (valid for 30 days). Applicants will also need to provide a recently issued Mexican birth certificate or apostilled foreign birth certificate, proof of legal residence in Mexico (non-nationals) and proof of address. Persons applying from outside Mexico through a representative must provide fingerprints. Applications must be submitted in person to the Dirección General de Control de Procesos Penales Federales in Mexico City or local office of the Procuraduría General de la República elsewhere in Mexico. Applicants not residing in Mexico can submit the application through a representative with power of attorney. The Certificate is valid for 30 days fro issue.

State Criminal Records (Constancia de Antecedentes Penales Estatales) record criminal convictions at State level. State background checks are obtained from the competent state authority, in most cases the Attorney General's Office (Fiscalía General de Justicia) or the Secretariat of Public Security (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública). Depending on the State, applications can be made online, in person or by post.

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How long does it take to obtain an apostille on a document in Mexico?

Apostilles on Federal documents are normally obtained in one working day

Apostilles on State documents are normally obtained in 1 - 5 working days (depending on the State).

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I need an apostille for my Mexican birth, death or marriage certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

An original paper or digitally signed certificate is required to obtain an Apostille Stamp in Mexico. Isarey can obtain birth, death and marriage certificates from all Mexican states for clients needing an Apostille Stamp, including Acapulco marriage certificates from the State of Guerrero.

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I need an apostille for my Mexican criminal record certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

A digitally signed PDF certificate (Constancia de Antecedentes Penales) is required, issued by the Secretary of Citizen Security (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública).

Isarey assists with applications to obtain Federal and State police background checks in Mexico. Please contact us for information.

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How can I obtain an apostille for my Mexican University Degree and Transcripts?

Apostilles can be obtained from SEGOB - Secretaría de Gobernación) to authenticate academic certificates signed by a federal official. Diplomas not signed by a federal official require previous authentication:

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How can I obtain a Mexican Apostille on a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage?

Apostilles on Mexican Certificates of Single Status (Actas de Soltería) are issued by the respective state government, normally the Secretariat or General Directorate.

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Where can I see reviews of Isarey's Mexican Attestation and Apostille Services?

You can see reviews from past clients who have used our attestation and apostille services:

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How can I obtain a copy of a Mexican birth, marriage or death certificate?

Mexican birth certificates registered in the National Civil Registry Database (Base de Datos Nacional del Registro Civil) can be obtained online.

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Isarey can obtain official copies of Mexican birth, death and marriage certificates from all States. Please contact us for assistance.

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Do Mexican Criminal Record Certificates have an expiry?

Federal Criminal Record Certificates (Constancia de Antecedentes Penales Federales) do not have an expiry date (but the authority requesting the certificate may require a recently issued certificate). Federal Registry Data Certificates (Constancia de Datos Registrales) are valid for 30 days.

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How can I obtain an Apostille on a Mexican criminal record certificate?

Mexican Apostille stamps on Federal Criminal Record Certificates (Constancia de Antecedentes Penales) and Federal Registry Data Certificates (Constancia de Datos Registrales) can be obtained from SEGOB - Secretaría de Gobernación. State Criminal Record Certificates and police background checks can be authenticated with apostille stamps from the competent State Government authority.

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How can I verify a Mexican Apostille Stamp?

How can I apostille a translation of a Mexican document?

Most Mexican States do not issue Apostilles to authenticate certified translations. However, Apostilles can be obtained in the State of Nuevo León for translation certified by translators registered with the State Government.

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

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