The following information is provided by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
You should also contact each hotel for information on their facilities and assistance in planning the perfect wedding in Puerto Rico!
Getting Married in Puerto Rico
It is easy, and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company can help! If you have all your documentation in order, you can have your marriage license in a day or two. And the marriage certificate will be available within ten days of filing!
First, call toll-free 1-800-866-7827 from the United States or Puerto Rico or 1-800-981-7575 from Latin America between 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, Eastern Standard Time.
A representative from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company will help you coordinate an appointment with the Demographic Registrar’s Office, the office that issues marriage licenses in Puerto Rico. Both the bride and the groom must be present at that appointment.
The Demographic Registrar’s Office it is located in San Juan, (Avenida Barbosa Edificio Lincoln # 414). Operation hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30am-4:00pm. 787.765.2929 Ext: 6275.
Please keep in mind that a wedding coordinator can make all these arrangements.
Before you arrive in Puerto Rico, be sure to have all these documents which you will submit at the Demographic Registry.
Each of you must provide a medical certificate that shows you have complied with tests required for marriage in your place of residence. Be aware that this certification is only valid for ten (10) days from the date of issuance. After ten days, you would have to get a new certificate in order to get married.
There are no residency requirements in order to be married in Puerto Rico but non-residents must submit an affidavit or sworn statement that the sole purpose of their visit is to get married. Non-U.S. citizens must include in this affidavit that they will not be staying in Puerto Rico longer than established in the visa or federal entrance permit to US territory.
If the affidavit is not written by a lawyer, it must be accompanied by the certificate of the County Clerk of the state to certify that she/he is qualified to notarize documents in your state and have the embossed seal. If it is issued in a foreign country, it must be accompanied by the Apostille seal.
There are no passports required for US citizens in Puerto Rico, however the bride and groom should have a valid photo ID, which can be a passport, state-issued ID, a visa, or green card.
In order to record your official name, be sure to bring originals of both birth certificates.
If you are divorced or widowed, an original of the corresponding official documents is necessary.
Minors of 18 years of age must be accompanied by both parents with legal guardianship, duly identified.
Purchase an Internal Revenue stamp for the sum of $150.00 at the Demographic Registry office. This will be affixed to the license to authenticate the document.
Once the proper documents are submitted at the Demographic Registry and revised for compliance by the registrar, the marriage certificate will be issued and signed. It’s very important you bring the license to the wedding ceremony!
The officiant at the wedding must deliver the certificate, marriage license and all other documents to the Demographic Registry of the municipality where the ceremony took place no more than 10 days after the marriage. Within two weeks of filing, the couple will be issued the marriage certificate.
How Do I Receive My Marriage Certificate?
Generally, within ten days of the officiant having submitted all the documents required, your marriage certificate will be available.
Below are several options to get your marriage certificate. Choose the one that is easiest for you.
- Go online to www.pr.gov to order a copy of your marriage certificate. Look for this symbol under Certificados. Instructions are available in English and Spanish. There is a small fee payable with a credit card.
- Write an authorization letter giving permission to an individual (your wedding planner, the officiant) to pick up the marriage certificate and mail it to you. A copy of both of your photo IDs must accompany this letter.
- Order your marriage certificate through www.vitalchek.com. There is a fee for this service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tying the knot in Puerto Rico is now easier than ever! You’ll be issued a marriage license within hours of your visit to the Demographic Registry, the island’s marriage license bureau. After the wedding ceremony you can request a copy of the marriage certificate online.
Roselyn Sanchez, Marc Anthony and Shania Twain had their big day in Puerto Rico. We have professional wedding planners, outstanding caterers, world-class photographers, great florists and internationally known dress designers. Searchweddingwire.com or a Spanish website, bodaclickpr.com. Many of the island’s wedding planners have their own websites.
Yes, but a locally licensed officiant must be present as a witness to the wedding ceremony in order for the marriage to be legal under Puerto Rico law.
No, but if you decide to have one, then a civil ceremony with a judge is not necessary.
No, as long as you meet the required medical tests for marriage where you reside, you don’t have to see a local physician. However, the certificate you provide is only valid for ten (10) days from issuance and must include the doctor’s license number.
Yes...By law, all beaches in Puerto Rico are public but if you want to have any kind of set-up with exclusive use of that area, you need a permit from the Department of Natural Resources. Your hotel or wedding planner has the experience to obtain those permits. A fee is charged based on the size of the event.