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What are the Requirements to Get Married in the Dominican Republic?

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It’s easy to see why the Dominican Republic is consistently at the top of the list of most-visited Caribbean countries, thanks to its white sand beaches and clear water. This gorgeous environment is not only ideal for a romantic getaway, but it’s also convenient for couples looking to tie the knot in paradise.

While the end result can be picture-perfect, the ideal Dominican Republic wedding requires some forethought. Whether you’re planning a symbolic wedding or a formal ceremony, you’ll want to approach the process carefully to ensure that every detail is taken care of ahead of time. Let’s take a look at some of the Dominican Republic’s legal criteria for getting married:

Legal Requirements

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The following is a list of the documentation required by Dominican Law in order to be legally married in the Dominican Republic:

Birth Certificate of Bride and Groom or certified copy of Birth certificate. If parents’ names are not shown on the certificates, please indicate them separately.

Notarized Declaration of Single status for the Bride and Groom. If previously married, submit two copies of the Divorce Decree or Death Certificate. There is a mandatory waiting period for women, 10 months before they are legally allowed to remarry.

A photocopy of Bride and Groom’s Passport.

Photocopies of all Witnesses Passports. Cannot be family members. If necessary, resort will provide witnesses.

Bride and Groom must be in the country 3 business days prior to the wedding. Symbolic and non-legal ceremonies allow flexibility for arrival date. Please speak with the wedding coordinator to discuss requirements.

Additional Requirements

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Please note that because the Dominican Republic has joined the La Hague Convention, your official documents must be apostilled by your Secretary of State Office.

Except for passports, all documents must be translated and authorized by the Dominican Consulate prior to arrival in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Consulate should legalize the documents no later than three months before the wedding date. It is the obligation of the couple to have all of the necessary paperwork in order before your Dominican Republic wedding.

Things to Consider

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The Judge is a Dominican government-provided outside service. The Judge will properly file your wedding certificate with the Central Civil Board and authorize it with the Dominican Republic’s Foreign Affairs Department. Because most on-site Civil Weddings are held in Spanish, you will receive your marriage certificate in Spanish, which you will need to have translated and legalized into English.

Symbolic Ceremonies

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While legally tying the knot does eliminate an extra US courthouse visit, symbolic ceremonies can be much easier logistics-wise. For every Dominican Republic symbolic ceremony:

No paperwork is required.

The wedding planner or a designated member of the wedding department will officiate. (You can however bring your own Minister or pay for the service of one locally)

 

 

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