Costa Rica Marriage Requisites

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The procedure for a valid marriage in Costa Rica involves the signing of two documents once concluded the ceremony. One is a sworn statement attesting principally to your marital status, thus avoiding any further proof. The other is the marriage document itself. After the ceremony, I cannot give you a Certificate because first paperwork must be submitted to the Civil Registry of Costa Rica.

The whole processing of documents, which includes translation and authentication by the Consulate of your country of residence, may vary but normally takes four months. Once everything is ready, the Marriage Certificate will be sent, along with instructions. I will keep you updated with paperwork progress, via email, so you know exactly when the documentation is sent.

Requisites to get married in Costa Rica and Certification of Marriage process:

Full name. (first, middle and last; no initials, please). Note for single Brides and Grooms: If your last name does not match your father’s, please provide a brief explanation.

Profession/Occupation. (Please describe; for example: engineer, electronic technician, school teacher, broker, assistant in electric company, etc. Please avoid the following terms as they do not give a clear idea: service technician, assistant, assistant manager, strategy consultant, manager, operations manager, coordinator, etc.).

Current address. (street address, please). This is your home address. Passport number and nationality. Please make sure each passport is signed by the bearer. Scan them together and email to: info@marcelogalli.net (Scans: please send the scan in JPG format and size no larger than 500k. Under 150k: best) No faxes, please.

Marital status and history. If divorced, please indicate the date, city and state or province, name of Court that decreed the divorce, and the full name of ex-spouse, no initials, please.

Date and place of birth. (city, state or province, country).

Full name of Father and Mother and current citizenship. (no initials, please).

Mailing address. (No PO Box, please) This is the address where the final documentation will be sent. FedEx requires a street address. Package containing the Certificate of Marriage will require a “received” signature.

Phone number: Necessary for the courier company (in case they can’t find the address).

Email address: In case we are not in contact directly (through the hotel, perhaps), to let you know the Certificate of Marriage is on its way.

Witnesses: Costa Rica Law requires two witnesses for the marriage. Family and friends can be witnesses. If you are coming alone, let me know so I can make the necessary arrangements for local witnesses like hotel staff, for example. If you do want your family or guests to bear witness, send me the info on items 1-5 on two (2) people of your choice. On Item 5, just the status will suffice (single, married, divorced, etc.), no details necessary.

OTHER DETAILS:

No notarized documents:

You will not need to bring any notarized legal documents because all your data will be included in a sworn statement which you both sign the day of the wedding. This avoids you having to notarize at the Costa Rican Consulate, and will save you time and money.

The procedure for a valid marriage in Costa Rica involves the signing of two documents once concluded the ceremony. One is a sworn statement attesting principally to your marital status, thus avoiding any further proof. The other is the marriage document itself. After the ceremony, I cannot give you a Certificate because first paperwork must be submitted to the Civil Registry of Costa Rica.

The whole processing of documents, which includes translation and authentication by the Consulate of your country of residence, may vary but normally takes four months. Once everything is ready, the Marriage Certificate will be sent, along with instructions. I will keep you updated with paperwork progress, via email, so you know exactly when the documentation is sent.