Did you know that if you’re a Mexican national living in the U.S. right now, you can get original copies of your birth certificate without having to leave the country? This can be a huge help if you’re hoping to get a Mexican Matricula Card or other legal tasks.
Thanks to the ‘Actúa ven por tu acta’ campaign, it’s now possible to update or get access to your Mexican birth certificate at your nearest consulate. It will have the same validity as any official procedure conducted in Mexico. If you’re interested in learning more about the requirements and steps to take, read on!
Requirements for requesting a Mexican birth certificate
Gather the necessary documents
Before starting, you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary documentation and requirements to complete the process.
You’ll need to do the following:
- Carry an official identification that proves that you are the holder of the birth certificate, e.g. passport or INE.
- If possible, provide your Clave Única de Registro de Población (CURP). This could speed up verification.
- Fill out the corresponding consulate application. You can find the nearest consulate here and contact them to provide you with this information.
- Put aside the relevant cost - usually around $15.
Locate the nearest Mexican Consulate
The first step is locating the consulate closest to you as they’ll be helping you with this request. Luckily, the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico has put together a helpful directory with the contact details of all the consulates in the U.S.
Make an appointment
To carry out a Mexican birth certificate issuance or correction procedure, you’ll need to book an appointment. You can do so by contacting MiConsulado by phone at 1-(424)-309-0009 or go in person to your consulate to schedule it.
Make sure to arrive at your appointment on time as they’re typically very busy. When you show up, make sure to have all the relevant documents and information at the ready.
Have payment ready
The issuance or correction of a Mexican birth certificate is typically paid directly at the consulate when you go in for your appointment. Thankfully, gone are the days when you needed to pay up to $200 to process this request. The issuance of a Mexican birth certificate now typically only cost of $15 per certificate.
Available payment methods:
- Cash (US dollars)
- Credit or debit cards
- Money Order
FAQ - Mexican Birth Certificate
First and foremost it’s crucial to remember that the person making the request is the person to whom the Mexican birth certificate is being issued to. The one exception is if you’re a minor, in which case the parents or responsible guardians must be present when you visit the consulate.
Consider the following:
- You cannot make your very first Mexican birth certificate registration request at the consulate. You can only request a certified copy or an update to your existing birth certificate.
- This procedure itself is carried out in Mexico, specifically where the person has registered previously. However you’ll still only be interfacing with the consulate you’ve chosen to use.
- The consulate does not offer a record translation service.
What is the certified Mexican birth certificate?
Per the government of Mexico, a certified Mexican birth certificate consists: the registration data and the legal identity of each person, as well as the filiation data of the registered person, combining physical and electronic security measures, to avoid their alteration, modification or falsification to combat identity theft.
Any Mexican birth certificate issued by a Mexican Consulate has the same validity as a certificate issued in Mexico, as well as certificates that are obtained online through the Government of Mexico.
How to obtain a PDF version of your Mexican birth certificate
Visit the Mexican government's website and follow the steps outlined in order to request your certified copy of your Mexican birth certificate. They will then provide a PDF version of your Mexican birth certificate.
This digital document can be digitally shared, printed and validated online, which offers a guarantee of its reliability. There are digital security measures in place in order to protect your identity.
This new digital option allows you to procure your Mexican birth certificate much more easily and cost-effectively than ever. With your birth certificate you’ll have the opportunity to get a Mexican matricula card, which gives you access to our exclusive digital bank account tailor-made for the Latino community.