Documents Requiring an Apostille

An Apostille is required of all documents needed for government use. It was the result of the 1961 Hague Convention. Mexico and U.S. have signed this agreement, Canada has not.

US citizens need to contact their Secretary of State and send official documents to be certified. This means that the Secretary of State certifies with a cover letter that the documents are true and accurate and that the notary or certifying notary was qualified to do so.

Documents required to have it done vary dependent on their purpose.

Logical documents include:

* Birth Certificates

* Marriage Certificates

* Divorce Certificates

* Death Certificates

* Wills

* Professional Licenses

* Diplomas

* Certifications

* Possibly transcripts

* Other needed documents in order to work in Mexico

* Additional documents required by Immigration

Most, if not all, of these documents will be required to be translated into Spanish but research shows that it is probably better to have them translated by certified translators locally. Your nearest US Consulate or Mexican Immigration will have a list of local certified translators. They will also be able to give you a list of documents required to be translated.

Get your documents postulated prior to immigrating to Mexico to save time and money.

Canada was not a signatory of the 1961 Hague Agreement, therefore, Canadian citizens should contact their nearest Mexican Consulate for requirements.

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