Wedding requirements in Dominican Republic. Legal wedding

Many people think that the wedding requirements in Dominican Republic are overwhelming  and confusing. The reality is that once you know what’s required for your legal wedding in Punta Cana, the steps are simple, leaving you more time to concentrate on the more enjoyable parts of getting married.


What are the legal documents required for the marriage in the Dominican Republic? Wedding requirements in Dominican Republic.

Wedding requirements in dominican republic for your legal wedding  will be following

  • Birth certificates of the groom and the bride (or a copy legalized by a notary public)
  • Sworn declaration before a notary public of being single and eligible to marry (from both the groom and the bride).
  • Divorce certificate or death certificate (duplicate or a copy legalized by notary public) if aplied.


All the documents listed herebefore should be translated into Spanish by a legal translator, the translation should be legalized by a notary public and have an apostille. Also you can legalized all documents in the Dominican Consulate in your country.


  • Color copies of the passports of the groom and the bride (a page with names/surenames and the Passport number).
  • Color copies of the Passports/cedula of the witnesses (a page with names/surenames).

Can anyone officiate a legal wedding in the Dominican Republic?

No. The officiant must be qualified by the county. However, civil unions, which are non-religious, are performed by a judge.  Weddings that are religious ceremonies are conducted by a member of the clergy. This is usually a priest, minister, or rabbi.


Can I marry anyone I want in the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic require both parties to be 16 years old or older. Otherwise, they must obtain consent from a parent or judge. The most common situation for consent is pregnancy.

The bride and groom can’t be blood relatives. They can’t be closer than third cousins.

Same-sex marriage not became legal in Dominican Republic. The same-sex couple can not get married in the Dominican Republic, but Caribbean wedding agancy can help same-sex couples to organize a symbolic wedding there.


Where I can legally get married in the Dominican Republic?

You can legally get married in the Dominican Republic at different places

  1. First of all, you can legally get married at the judge office


  1. Also you can legally get married at the private villa/apartment/resort


  1. And of course you can legally get married on a beach (we recommend you a private beach without any tourists and strangers).


Do we have to do anything after the legal wedding in the Dominican Republic?

  • You or your wedding planner has to pick up the marriage certificate at the Civil Registry Office.
  • After that its necesary legalize you wedding certificate it in the Central Civil Registry Office at the capital of the Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo.
  • Also you (or your wedding planner) have to stamp it with a certificate of apostille at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo


Need Help Complying with Marriage Requirements in the Dominican Republic?

Discuss with an Attorney or Caribbean Wedding agency.

Marriage is one of the most important relationships that you can enter. Along with the happiness of marrying your partner, you should also be aware of the rights and legal responsibilities of your oficial wedding in the Dominican Republic. If you have questions about marriage requirements, it’s helpful to discuss the issue with Caribbean agency wedding planner who can help you take the necessary steps.



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