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Official Name: United Mexican States
Last Updated: November 15, 2013

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Party to Hague Service Convention?Yes

Party to Hague Evidence Convention?Yes

Party to Hague Apostille Convention?Yes

Party to Inter-American Convention?Yes

Service of Process by Mail?No

DISCLAIMER

THE INFORMATION RELATING TO THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN COUNTRIES IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A PARTICULAR CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO FOREIGN ATTORNEYS. THIS CIRCULAR SEEKS ONLY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION; IT IS NOT AN OPINION ON ANY ASPECT OF U.S., FOREIGN, OR INTERNATIONAL LAW. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE DOES NOT INTEND BY THE CONTENTS OF THIS CIRCULAR TO TAKE A POSITION ON ANY ASPECT OF ANY PENDING LITIGATION.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtemoc
06500 Mexico, D.F.

Telephone: 011-52-55-5080-2000

Emergency Telephone: 011-52-55-5080-2000, ext. 0 (From the U.S.) / 01-55-5080-2000, ext. 0 (from Mexico)

Fax: 011-52-55-5080-2201

Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez
Paseo de la Victoria #3650
Fracc. Partido Senecú
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico C.P. 32543

Telephone: (011) (52) (656) 227-3000

Emergency Telephone: (656) 215-0725 (If calling from a Ciudad Juarez phone dial 044 before the number. From other parts in Mexico dial 045 before the number.From the U.S. dial 011- 521 before the number.)

U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara
Progreso 175
Col. Americana
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico C.P. 44100

Telephone: (01-33 ) 3268-2200 (from Mexico) / 011-52-33-3268-2100 (from U.S.)

Emergency Telephone: (01-33) 3268-2145 (from Mexico) / 011-52-33-3268-2145 (from U.S)

Fax: (01-33 ) 3825-1951 (from Mexico) / 011-52-33-3826-6549 (from U.S.)

U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo
Monterrey #141 entre las calles
Rosales y Galeana
Col. Esqueda, C.P. 83260
Hermosillo, Sonora, México

Telephone: 01-662-289-3500 (from Mexico) / 011-52-662-289-3500 (from U.S.)

Emergency Telephone: 044-662-256-0741 (local calls) / 045-662-256-0741 (within Mexico) / 011-52-1-662-256-0741 (international)

U.S. Consulate General Matamoros
Calle Primera #2002
Colonia Jardín
Matamoros, Tamaulipas
México 87330

Telephone: 011-52-(868)-812-4402

Emergency Telephone: 044-(868)-818-1507 (within Matamoros) / 045-(868)-818-1507 (outside Matamoros) / 011-52-1-(868)-818-1507 (from U.S.)

Fax: 011-52-(868)-816-0883

U.S. Consulate General Merida
Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31
Col. Alcala Martin
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050

Telephone: From the U.S. 011-52-999-942-5700 / within Mexico 01-999-942-5700 / within Merida 942-5700

Emergency Telephone: 011-52-999-942-5700 (from the U.S.) / 01-999-942-5700 (within Mexico) / 942-5700 (within Merida)

Fax: 011-52-999-942-5759 (from the U.S.)

The Consulate in Merida provides consular services for the three Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche.

U.S. Consulate General Monterrey
Ave. Constitución 411 Pte.
Monterrey, Nuevo León. México 64000

Telephone: (81) 8047-3100

Emergency Telephone: (81)8362-9126 (from Mexico) / 011-52-1-81-8362-9126 (from the U.S.)

Fax: (81) 8342-5433

U.S. Consulate General Nogales
Calle San José s/n
Fraccionamiento los Alamos
C. P. 84065 Nogales, Sonora.
Mexico

Telephone: (52) - (631) - 311 - 8150

Emergency Telephone: (521) - (631) - 318 - 0723

Fax: (52) - (631) - 313 - 4652

U.S. Consulate General Nuevo Laredo
Calle Allende 3330, Col. Jardin
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico C.P. 88260

Telephone: From Mexico: (867) 714-0512, ext. 3128 (If calling from the U.S., dial 01152 before the number)

Emergency Telephone: 044-867-727-2797

Fax: (867) 714-0512, ext. 3197 (from Mexico) / 011-52-867-714-0512, ext. 3197 (from U.S.)

U.S. Consulate General Tijuana
Paseo de las Culturas s/n
Mesa de Otay
Delegación Centenario C.P. 22425
Tijuana, Baja California
Mexico

Telephone: (664) 977-2000 (Dialing from the U.S. 011-52 + phone number)

Emergency Telephone: 001 (619) 692-2154 (from Mexico) / (619) 692-2154 (from the U.S.)

U.S. Consular Agent - Acapulco
Hotel Continental Emporio
Costera M. Alemán 121 - Office 14
Acapulco, Gro. 39670
Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(744) 481-0100 or (011)(52)(744) 484-0300

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Fax: (52) (744) 484-0300

U.S. Consular Agent - Los Cabos
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221
Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, B.C.S. 23406
Mexico

Telephone: (624) 143-3566

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana.

Fax: (624) 143-6750

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

U.S. Consular Agent - Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH
Torre La Europea, Despacho 301
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico C.P. 77500

Telephone: (011)(52)(998) 883-0272

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Merida.

Fax: (998) 883-1373

The U.S. Consular Agency in Cancun is open for business Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. An appointment is required for all services.

U.S. Consular Agent - Mazatlan
Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Playa Gaviotas No. 202 Local 10
Zona Dorada
Mazatlán, Sinaloa 82110
Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(669) 916-5889

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo.

Fax: (52) (669) 916-5889

Operating hours: Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

U.S. Consular Agent - Oaxaca
Macedonio Alcala No. 407, Office 20
Oaxaca, Oax. 68000
Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(951)514-3054 or (011)(52)(951) 516-2853

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Fax: (52) (951) 516-2701

U.S. Consular Agent - Piedras Negras
Abasolo #211, Local #3
Centro
26000 Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(878) 782-5586 or (011)(52)(878) 782-8664

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo.

Fax: (52) (878) 782-8707

Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

U.S. Consular Agent - Playa Del Carmen
"The Palpa" Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20
Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico C.P. 77710

Telephone: 011-52-984-873-0303 (direct dial from the U.S.) / 01-984-873-0303 (dialing from outside Playa Del Carmen but within Mexico)

Fax: 011-52-984-873-0481

U.S. Consular Agent - Puerto Vallarta
Paseo de Los Cocoteros 85 Sur
Paradise Plaza - Local L-7
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit C.P
Mexico

Telephone: (011)(52)(322) 222-0069

U.S. Consular Agent - San Miguel de Allende
Plaza La Luciernaga, Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavala No. 165, Locales 4 y 5
Colonia La Luciernaga
San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico C.P. 37745

Telephone: (011)(52)(415) 152-2357

Emergency Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Fax: (52) (415) 152-1588

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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Service of Process

Mexico is a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters.  Complete information on the operation of the Convention, including an interactive online request form are available on the Hague Conference website.  Requests should be completed in duplicate and submitted with two sets of the documents to be served, and translations, directly to Mexico’s Central Authority for the Hague Service Convention. The person in the United States executing the request form should be either an attorney or clerk of court. The applicant should include the titles attorney at law or clerk of court on the identity and address of applicant and signature/stamp fields . In its Declarations and Reservations to the Convention, Mexico formally objected to service under Article 10 of the Hague Service Convention, and does not permit service via postal channels.  While cases have been reported where U.S. courts have accepted alternative methods of service, Mexico's accession to the Hague Service Convention indicates that service through the Mexico Central Authority is the exclusive method available.  For additional information see the Hague Conference Service Convention web page and the Hague Conference Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention. See also Mexico’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Service Convention.

The United States and Mexico are also parties to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol. The U.S. Central Authority for the treaty is the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Foreign Litigation, Washington, D.C.  Requests for service under the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol may be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice's contractor, Process Forwarding International (PFI), for transmittal to the Mexican Central Authority.

Service on a Foreign State:  See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.

Service of Documents from Mexico in the United States:  See information about service in the United States on the U.S. Central Authority for the Service Convention page of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Service Convention site and Process Forwarding International (PFI)’s website for service under the Inter-American Convention and Additional Protocol.

Criminal Matters

Prosecution Requests:  U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.

Defense Requests in Criminal Matters:  Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.

Obtaining Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters

Obtaining Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters: Mexico is a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters.  See the Hague Evidence Convention Model Letters of Request for guidance on preparation of the letter of request.  Requests for the compulsion of evidence under the Hague Evidence Convention are transmitted directly from the requesting court or person in the United States to the Mexican Central Authority and do not require transmittal via diplomatic channels.  Letters of Request and accompanying documents should be prepared in duplicate and translated into Spanish.  See Mexico’s Declarations and Reservations regarding the Hague Evidence Convention.  Mexico objected to the methods of obtaining evidence in article 17 and 18 of the Convention.  See also Mexico’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Hague Evidence Convention.  

Requests from Mexico to Obtain Evidence in the United States:  The U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention is the Office of International Judicial Assistance, Civil Division, Department of Justice, 1100 L St., N.W., Room 11006, Washington, D.C. 20530.

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses

Voluntary depositions may be conducted in Mexico regardless of the nationality of the witness, provided no compulsion is used.  Oral depositions or depositions on written questions may be taken by U.S. consular officers or by private attorneys from the United States or Mexico at the U.S. Embassy, one of the U.S. Consulates or at another location such as a hotel or office, either on notice or pursuant to a commission.  If the services of a U.S. consular officer are required to administer an oath to the witness, interpreter and stenographer, such arrangements must be made in advance with the U.S. embassy directly.

Authentication of Documents

Mexico is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public DocumentsMexico’s competent authority for the Hague Apostille Conventionwill authenticate Mexcian public documents with Apostilles.  For information about authenticating U.S. public documents for use in Mexico, see the list of U.S. Competent Authorities. To obtain an Apostille for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, contact the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office.

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