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If I get married in Mexico (State of either Jalisco or Nayarit)

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If I get married in Mexico (State of either Jalisco or Nayarit) do I still need to get married in a Maryland ceremony for it to be state and federally recognized (I am a US government employee)?
Yes, the US and Mexico have treaties whereby each recognize marriages done in the other country. The marriage in Mexico must be a civil ceremony to be recognized. Once the civil ceremony has been conducted, the couple will then have to obtain a certified copy of their marriage certificate (known as the Acta de Matrimonio), which proves they have been wed in accordance with Mexican law. When they return to the US then they get the certificate "authenticated." This is done by the Office of Authentications in the State Department which you can contact at

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Will th State Department register my marriage in the State of Maryland or will I have to do that at my County Clerk's Office??? Tks
You have to go through the State Department and get it authenticated and then you can file it with the county clerk along with the authentication.

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