- Legal Wedding Requirements
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Dominican Republic Embassy
Dominican Republic Tourist Board - DRSI
You will need two witnesses holding valid passports or you can ask hotel staff to witness your wedding.
- Original Birth Certificates. (Send two photocopies.)
- Valid and signed passports. (Send two photocopies of the main page.)
- Notarized Statutory Declarations of Single Status. (Bring or send one original and one photocopy.)
- Divorce Certificate or Death Certificate (if applicable). Send original or notarized photocopy and two photocopies. NOTE in both cases, a minimum waiting period of ten months applies before a woman can remarry.
- Everything must be translated into Spanish and legalized by the Dominican Republic Consulate.
- NOTE some Canadian institutions require the Dominican Marriage Certificate to be translated and legalized by the Dominican Republic Consulate in Canada. Please contact Dominican Republic Services for further details.
- NOTE legal transcripts of Birth Certificates, Single Status affidavits and Divorce Certificates need to be prepared in the country where the documents were issued.
*Please note that the Legal Requirements are subject to change, for up to date information contact the Dominican Republic Embassy.
Although we provide this information it is subject to change and you must contact the tourist board or consulate to verify these requirements.