How to Get Married in Puerto Rico

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Puerto Rico!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Puerto Rico!

How to Get Married in Puerto Rico

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: To get married in Puerto Rico you don't need to be a resident of the island. Any person who is not a resident of Puerto Rico and wishes to be married here must present to the Demographic Registry a copy of an affidavit stating that:

  1. He/she is not a resident of Puerto Rico.
  2. The purpose of the visit is for marriage and, if for a foreign citizen, he/she will not stay in Puerto Rico for more than the time period specified in the permission documents granted by the appropriate federal agency in order to enter U.S. territory. If the affidavit is issued in the U.S., it must be accompanied by certification of the corresponding state's county clerk. If issued in a Republic/Sovereign Country, it must be accompanied by the Apostille seal of the Hague Treaty of 1961.

Residents need to submit to the Registry a valid photo ID issued by the government of the country, or state, where you reside. This can include a driver's licence, passport or state ID. Foreigners must present a valid passport, visa or green card. Also, a $20.00 Internal Revenue Stamp from the Government of Puerto Rico and copies of the birth certificates of both parties (the names of the parties will be recorded as they appear on the certificate). If applicable, bring divorce decrees from each previous marriage and/or death certificate of spouse.

To get married in Puerto Rico, both you and your future spouse must visit the Demographic Registry Office conveniently located at the Plaza Las Américas Mall in Hato Rey, San Juan. You need to bring with you a medical certification indicating that you met all the required tests for marriage back in your place of residence. The certification is valid for a period of 14 calendar days from date of issue. After that period, the certification will be considered invalid, and you'll have to get a new one. For more information, you can reach the Demographic Registry Office at (800) 866-7827.

Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent.

Under 18: In Puerto Rico, U.S. citizens who are between 16 and 18 years old must have the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?:

Officiants: Judicial centers in Puerto Rico hold free weekly marriage ceremonies, and U.S. citizens can participate in these. Many hotels, resorts and travel agencies offer wedding packages as well, and there are no specific regulations on who may perform the ceremony.

Valid: 

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican government will no longer defend a law that bans same-sex couples from marrying and does not recognize the validity of such marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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