The Notario is the most important person you will deal with when you make a property investment in Mexico. Do not confuse the role of the Notary Public in the US with its counterpart in Mexico: they are quite different. In the US for example, almost anyone can become a Notary Public. Not so in Mexico, where the role is appointed directly by the State Governor (the highest seat in State Public Office).

The Notario has the power to witness and certify important business documents which require absolute authenticity. The appointment also holds responsibility for the management and secure storage of original records. Notario’s must be Mexicans of at least 35 year in age, they must have a degree in Law, have 3 year’s work experience at a Notario office and they must pass a stringent exam. Those who pass, in time, are appointed as Notario’s by the State Governor.

Under Mexican Law, the deed to the property must be prepared by a Notario.  As a buyer, it is your right to choose the Notario, and it should be your first port of call – or second after your real estate agent or lawyer. If you are working with a local realtor make sure that they are responsible for working with the Notario to ensure that the closing on your property is done correctly and smoothly. In addition, should you choose, you can engage the services of an attorney as a further safeguard in your transaction.

The Notario’s will ensure that all documentation and permits are in order so that the transaction can proceed.

Important! Everything official to do with your transaction should be done via the Notario: Do not take anyone’s word about documentation (like property deeds) being valid – take copies to the Notario for official verification. A reputable real estate agent and good lawyer will be able to advise you on such matters.