Pease consult with a facilitator about the process and costs, things change frequently in Mexico. And, many offices have different criteria. I provide a contact at the end of the article.
I got my Mexican citizenship via my dad, bless him, he was born in Mexico! By this time he had passed, but you can still get your citizenship with enough documents.
What I had from my dad:
- His original Mexican birth certificate (wow!). You don’t need it if you can find his/her CURP.
- An old Mexican Passport
- a newer USA passport
- Marriage certificate
- Death certificate
The Clave Única de Registro de Población (translated into English as Unique Population Registry Code or else as Personal ID Code Number) (abbreviated CURP) is a unique identity code for both citizens and residents of Mexico. Each CURP code is a unique alphanumeric 18-character string intended to prevent duplicate entries.
You maybe lucky and find your parent(s) CURP online, if you know date and state of birth. I was able to find it for my dad. Use the tab “Datos personales”. If you find it online, print it, that is the official version, brilliant! Look in
All the documents need to be apostilled in the country of origin, then translated. The apostille is translated as well. Apostille is like a notarized version but since it is for use in another country, the office that originated the document has to apostille it.
Here is more apostille information for USA. This link is from CA Sec. of State but it gives you a good idea for the USA.
I was able to get these documents , apostilled.
- Dad’s marriage certificate, apostilled. (Usually corroborates your birth certificate)
- Dad’s death certificate, apostilled.
- My birth certificate, apostilled.
- My Marriage certificate, apostilled. (Don’t need it for citizenship, but in my case, I need it for wife’s residence)
- Current valid passport
It took me a couple years to get these documents, and then apostilled. It’s a long process. Dealing with government agencies and embassies in different countries is a test of patience and perseverance. It is worth it. The quickest part of the process was getting the citizenship in Mexico. Took me 3 days. This is why I so recommend you use a facilitator.
Immigration Facilitator in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
My facilitator was fantastic! she did all the paperwork, and her husband did all the legal translations. If you are doing this in Quintana Roo, I highly recommend them! Very much worth the money to save you countless trips and wrong forms and locations.
Mariana Perito Facilitator for Citizenship, not residence issues.
Chris Mateos, registered legal translator in Quintana Roo.
Facilitators in Mexico – Citizenship and Immigration
Work with someone who has been personally recommended. There are a lot of ads out there, and unfortunately some are just scams. They will make you pay and tell you to wait a couple months and POOF they are gone. If you don’t have anyone to give you references, there are a few in The Mexico Relocation Guide. Very helpful if you are not sure about moving to Mexico, and taking your first steps once you decide to do it.
I don’t know how i would have done this without the help of my cousin Karin, thank you.