Mexico Age of Consent & Sex Laws Age of Consent in Mexico

What is the Mexico Age of Consent?

The Age of Consent in Mexico is 17 years old. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 16 or younger in Mexico are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law.

Mexico statutory rape law is violated mexico's age of consent varies from state to state, from a low of 16 to a high of 18. There are a variety of consent-related laws that vary from state to state.

Mexico has 20 territories that have their own local age of consent laws. These territories are listed in the following table:

Territory of Mexico Region Age Of Consent
Aquascalientes North America 16
Baja California North America 18
Baja California Sur North America 18
Campeche North America 18
Chiapas North America 18
Chihuahua North America 18
Coahuila North America 16
Colima North America 18
Distrito Federal North America 18
Durango North America 18
Guanajuato North America 16
Guerrero North America 18
Hidalgo North America 18
Jalisco North America 18
Mexico North America 18
Michoacan North America 16
Morelos North America 18
Nayarit North America 18
Nuevo Leon North America 18
Oaxaca North America 18
Puebla North America 18
Queretaro North America 18
Quintana Roo North America 18
San Luis Potosi North America 16
Sinaloa North America 18
Sonora North America 18
Tabasco North America 17
Tamaulipas North America 18
Tlaxcala North America 14
Veracruz North America 16
Yucatan North America 16
Zacatecas North America 18

Mexico does not have a close-in-age exemption. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet laws" in the United States, are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.

Because there is no close-in-age exemption in Mexico, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 17 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 16 year old and the second is a 17 or 18 year old.

Age of Consent across the world

The Age of Consent ranges from as low as 11 to as high as 20 years old across the world. Click any country for details, or view countries with the highest & lowest ages of consent.

Age of Consent Map:

Must be married
< 13 years old
14 years old
15 years old
16 years old
17 years old
18 years old
> 19 years old

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