Legally speaking… couples ask me all the time about the legal wedding requirements to get married in the Dominican Republic (Mexico & Jamaica, too). So, even tho I blogged about this a while back, I’ll write about each country’s requirements. Dominican Republic…you are first!
WEDDING REQUIREMENTS TO GET MARRIED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Legal Documentation required for a Legal/Civil Wedding:
• Original and one copy of Single Status Affidavit*, notarized at your place of residency (Bride and Groom, one for each), showing names as they appear on your passports.
• Birth Certificate of bride and groom (two copies). If parents’ names are not shown on the certificates, please indicate them separately for us.
• One photocopy of passport, picture/information page (Bride and Groom).
• Passport photocopies of the witnesses which can’t be family members (if they do not have witnesses, the hotel will provide them)
• If formerly married, two copies of divorce decree or death certificate.
• Name change document, if name has been changed (including divorcees who had reverted back to maiden name).
• Bride and Groom need to be in the country for 3 days before the wedding
The documents should be legalized by the Dominican Consulate no longer than 3 months prior to the wedding date, and it is the couple’s responsibility to have all the documentation ready before the wedding date, as required. The Judge is an outside service provided by the Dominican Government, the hotel cannot be held responsible for any delay or alteration. The Judge will duly register your Wedding Certificate at the Central Civil Board; The Hotel will then send the wedding certificate to the couple by courier, this procedure may take 2 – 3 months.
Couples need to send, with their documentation, copies of their birth certificates, and photocopies of your passport.
VERY IMPORTANT!! All these documents must be translated, and legalized by the Dominican Consulate before arriving to the Dominican Republic, except the passports.
When traveling to the Dominican Republic for your wedding, please make sure to bring all the original documents and legalized translations with you, personally.
***Note: A Resort reserves the Right to celebrate the wedding if the legal Documents are incorrect and not accepted by the judge due to not following the correct procedures to arrange the legal requirements for a Legal Wedding.
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