Guidance

Notarial and documentary services in Mexico

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British consulates in Mexico.

In order to guarantee the health and safety of both customers and staff, we will not be offering notarial and documentary services as a result of the ever-changing developments of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mexico.

If you think you have an urgent need for a notarial service, please contact us.

Overview

The British consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Mexico

Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.

You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Use the links after each service to make an appointment. A member of staff will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Before booking, make sure you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant authority. This could be the local town hall, registry office, tax authorities, immigration office or another authority either in Mexico, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Mexico

Consular staff in Mexico can:

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • witness an oath or a signature
  • make a certified copy of a document
  • unite documents
  • prepare a document in English or the local language

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and affirmations or affidavits of marital status, see getting married abroad.

If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, see other services provided by the British embassy in Mexico

What to bring to your appointment

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity, and payment for any fees. See the full list of consular fees

Payment

We accept payment by Visa and Mastercard bank cards at the Embassy.

Proof of address and identity

For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address. We accept passports, driver’s licenses and voter identity cards as proof of identity.

We accept bills for public services as proof of your address.

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit in front of a consular officer.

You may need to make an affirmation or affidavit of marital status in order to get married in Mexico. See getting married abroad to find out what you need to do.

Please note that we do not offer this service for people wanting to make an affirmation about different versions of their names. Instead, please use the following information note:

Information note: names (PDF, 310KB, 1 page)

The consulate will not draft documents for you. First check with the consulate what format they need and then have the document drawn up or checked by a professional.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the oath, affirmation or affidavit that you will swear or affirm
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees
  • proof of identity/address

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit in Mexico

Witness a signature

This service is for customers who need to sign a document and have their signature witnessed by a consular officer. The document must be prepared before your appointment as we will not draft documents for you. We do not handle wills or probate, or witness deed polls. Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the document that you will sign before a witness
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees
  • proof of identity/address

Book an appointment to witness a signature in Mexico

Make a certified copy of a document

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports or British driving licences (both the plastic card and paper document are required).

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the document that you need a certified copy of
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees
  • proof of identity/address

Book an appointment to make a certified copy in Mexico

Unite documents

This service joins documents together using ribbon and a seal and is usually only needed for legal reasons.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the document that you need a certified copy of
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees
  • proof of identity/address

Book an appointment to unite documents in Mexico

Prepare a document in English or the local language

A list of English speaking translators and interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions in Mexico. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

Issue a letter of request for criminal background’s check

This service is for British nationals who need the Embassy to issue a letter requesting the Mexican authorities to issue a Criminal Record Certificate (Certificado de Datos Registrales). The Embassy does not provide this service for any other nationals. Please note that the Criminal Record Certificate itself is processed by the Mexican authorities only, and cannot be provided directly through the Embassy.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the correct fee – see the list of fees
  • proof of identity
  • book an appointment to issue a letter here

Further information for Mexico

The British Embassy has produced an information note on different versions of names, which you can print if necessary. Please see the Information note:

Information note: names (PDF, 310KB, 1 page).

Services provided elsewhere

We no longer witness life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Please refer to the list of people working in a recognised profession who can do this for you.

Data protection

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy / consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCDO and the British embassy / consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. For all notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the embassy/consulate will be accepted.

Published 6 May 2015
Last updated 31 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Changes regarding the services we offer in Mexico City during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  2. We have added information on how to issue a letter of request for criminal background's check.

  3. We have added information on the "Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit" section.

  4. We have updated information on prisoner pack and bereavement.

  5. Updated broken link for lawyers list

  6. We have updated information on the consular services we provide.

  7. Updated November 2017

  8. First published.