Public vital statistics records are maintained at both State and local levels. Events
are registered first at the local level and each year copies are sent to the State
Archives. In the past, the registers were copied by hand. Now, a multi-copy registration
form, one copy of which is designated for the State Archives, is used. State Archives
registers are (except as noted in GN 00307.673) copies of the original records made
at local level.
Compliance in sending copies to the State Archives varies. In some places, records
exist on the local level but not at the State level. Records can also exist at State
level even though those at local level have been destroyed by fire, revolution or
In some areas, there is also a “distrito” or judicial recordkeeping level. This office
may have copies (handwritten or carbon) of registers or the original records where
a civil registry office no longer exists. Federal Benefits Units (FBU) check this
source when available.
NOTE: Spanish is the official language of Mexico. Public and virtually all religious certificates
are issued in Spanish.