Steps to follow in order to wed in the Dominican Republic:
It is not necessary to order a marriage license in order to obtain a marriage certificate in the Dominican Republic. The first step to obtaining a marriage certificate is registering the couple in the Oficialía del Estado Civil (The City Clerk). There the couple will be charged a fee for their registration.
The documents listed below will be required at the time of registration. To ensure that they will not be lost in the mail, as well as to speed up the process, the couple can send copies of the documents and then present the originals in person upon arrival.
- Birth Certificate.
- Certificate that proves civil status.
- If divorced, documents of divorce or annulment.
Two witnesses, outside of those who will be performing the marriage ceremony, must be present. If the witnesses are not Dominican, they must present their passports to prove their identities.
Once the marriage has taken place, the Justice of the Peace must present the documents to the Oficialía del Estado Civil, which will then authorize a certificate of marriage that is legally recognized around the world.