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Dominican Republic Wedding

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Welcome to our guide to getting married in Dominican Republic. Before you go into depth about the specifics for your wedding in Dominican Republic we have a couple of articles that we suggest you read first.

UK residents wishing to marry in the Dominican Republic can have either a Civil Ceremony or a Religious Ceremony. But first you must register your intent to marry with the Oficialia del Estado Civil otherwise known as the City Clerk.

Civil Ceremony

The Justice of the Peace will conduct the Civil Ceremony. The Justice of the Peace must supply the Oficialia del Estado Civil with the appropriate documentation after your wedding ceremony in order for you to be issued with your Marriage Certificate.



Religious Ceremony

Religious Ceremonies are legally recognised provided all the appropriate documentation is in order. If you want to marry in a Roman Catholic Church you will need written consent from your local parish priest in the UK and you will need to seek the permission of the local priest where you intend to marry in the Dominican Republic.

You may be asked to meet the parish priest who is to perform the ceremony and they may ask you to attend pre-nuptial consultations.  Whatever the nature of your religious ceremony the celebrate must send a copy of the marriage documentation to the Oficialia del Estado Civil within three days of the marriage, so that it can be registered.

Residency Stay

At least one party must be resident for a minimum of two days prior to the ceremony.

Basic Documentation

If you intend to marry in the Dominican Republic you will need the following documentation:

  • A full birth certificate.
  • A valid passport.
  • An affidavit declaring single status authorised by a notary or solicitor declaring eligibility for marriage.
  • If divorced a Decree of Absolute and an affidavit declaring martial status and eligibility to marry.
  • If widowed a spouses death certificate, previous marriage certificate and an affidavit authorised by a notary or solicitor declaring eligibility for marriage.
  • If you have changed your name by Deed Poll or you were adapted, proof of this needs to be presented.
  • If either of you are under 18 years of age you will need written consent from your parents or guardians, in the form of an affidavit authorised by a notary or a solicitor.


All the above documentation must be legalised by both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the UK. They must also be translated into Spanish before you send them to the Oficialia del Estado Civil.

Photocopies of the documents can be sent out in advance and you can present the originals on your arrival, in the Dominican Republic.

NB. Remember once you have got married in the Dominican Republic you will need to legalise your marriage certificate at the Embassy of the UK, in the Dominican Republic, as it must be translated from Spanish to English. Whilst there you can arrange to have your documents forwarded by the British Consular to the General Register Office in the UK where they can be deposited.


Divorced women are not eligible to marry again until ten months after their divorce has been finalised unless they are to marry the same man they divorced.

 

For further information contact:

The Legalisation Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Old Admiralty Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2LG
Tel: 0207 008 1111

Consular Section Embassy of the Dominican Republic

139 Inverness Terrace
Bayswater
London
W2 6LF
Tel: 0207 727 6285
e-mail: info@dominicanembassy.org.uk

 

 

IMPORTANT

Whilst every effort to ensure that the above information is correct, it may be subject to change at any time. Please always check with the official authorities before proceeding. If you notice some outdated information please let us know.