Mexico became signatory to the Hague Service Convention in 2000. Upon accession to the Hague Convention, Mexico lodged the following declarations with respect to the alternative methods of service:
V. In relation to Article 8, the Contracting States shall not be able to effect service of judicial documents directly through its diplomatic or consular agencies in Mexican territory, unless the document is to be served upon a national of the State in which the documents originate and provided that such a procedure does not contravene public law or violate individual guarantees.
V. In relation to Article 10, the United Mexican States are opposed to the direct service of documents through diplomatic or consular agents to persons in Mexican territory according to the procedures described in sub-paragraphs a), b), and c), unless the judicial authority exceptionally grants the simplification different from the national regulations and provided that such a procedure does not contravene public law or violate individual guarantees. The request must contain the description of the formalities whose application is required to effect service of the document.
There is some controversy as to the exact meaning and intent of these declarations. LLS can advise you further with respect to your options regarding service in Mexico.
It can take a considerable length of time to accomplish international service of process upon Mexican defendants – often four to six months or more.
LLS can assist you with service and can help you understand and meet the translation requirements for service of process in Mexico. Please call 1-800-755-5775 for more information.