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My marrage certificate cannot be located
(Cabo san Lucas )  we were married in
1986 at a friends home,  one of my luggage
Was stolen and when we returned to USA
I did not grt a copy of marriage certificate.

The civil registrar office says they don't
Have it on file or recorded,  and I need this
For SS benefits here in the states,

Can I obtain another certificate after giving
Them all the required information ( birthdates
Etc, ).  and dated 1986 ?

My husband has died so I need I will need this
Certificate for social security.

Please help and thank you !

Nora Hahn

ANSWER: Hello,

How did you contact the civil registry?  Are you sure you were really married?  I ask because many people thought they were married and came to find that the marriage was not registered.  Did an official from the civil registry go to the place of your wedding or did you go to the civil registry office?  You mention a marriage in a persons home but did a religious official marry you or?

What documents did you have to provide to get married in Mexico?  Normally they want birth certificates with apostilles from both parties, if you did not provide these then perhaps you were never legally married.

If you did everything properly then maybe the date they put was wrong or they filed it in another office and it will just take a more thorough search.  

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QUESTION: We didn't have apostille,  only birth certificates.
Were they required back then ?

A friend in Cabo inquired at the civil registrar
( while on vacation )

I do not practice in Cabo and am not sure if they were sticklers for apostilles back then, it might be best to do a full search with someone locally there who speaks Spanish and can help them search in case it was not filed properly as they may need to go book by book a few months before and after the date.

Best wishes

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All general law questions regarding Mexico. Birth / Death / Marriage certificates / Apostilles as well as real estate documents from the State of Jalisco and dual nationality. Licenciado en Derecho (Mexican law degree) Cedula 7928026 / Estatal 114067), Postgraduate Specialty Degree and 8 postgraduate diploma degrees, official Jalisco State Court Translator (Perito Traductor), US Consulate and Guadalajara Municipal Translator


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