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There are a ton of websites that people can get ordained on. This is where you can get an ordination (is that the right word? haha) certificate. E-mailed my clerk of court's office and this is what she said...

 

Attached is a copy of the Louisiana revised statute on the authority to perform marriage ceremonies. In ---- Parish we have a clergy registry book you can come in and sign. Please bring your original Ordination Certificate for verification. Also there is a registry Affidavit through the State of Louisiana, Office of Vital Records Registry.

 

I will reply to her and find out if we get paperwork here, take it to Mexico to fill out, and file it when we return home, is it legal? I'll let everyone know once I find that out. Hope this helps at least in some small way!

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That's just what we want to do. Bring our cook county, Illinois marriage license with us to Mexico. Get it signed by our own officient and then mail it in as soon as we get home!! Please let me know if you've done this and if it works.

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You should check with your county website. In Texas the "ceremony" had to be performed in Travis County where we applied for the license. We had our friend officiate the ceremony in Mexico and then just went out to dinner with him and his wife when we got back and had him sign the license there at the restuarant. Our legal date and wedding date don't match but we don't care. I would be hesitant about saying my wedding date in Mexico occurred in Texas when my passport says otherwise. I would hate for insurance or someone else to find out, call my marriage license a fraud, and cause some major issues down the line.

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Amandalsu is absolutely right. I am not sure if it's the same in all states, but in New York and New Jersey, you have to be married within the state lines with the state marriage license or it is not valid. It can be tracked that you were in Mexico on your wedding date and it could null your marriage.

 

Definitely get in touch with your city clerk's office to find out the rules where you're from.

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