Getting Married in Costa Rica

For this unique moment in your life, we suggest you spend it in a country with extraordinary beauty and natural diversity, so this Special Day remains unforgettable!  Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the World; Surrounded by 2 oceans and blessed with a mild climate, Costa Rica not only offers heavenly beaches and tropical forests but also gorgeous volcanoes, terrific waterfalls, not forgetting one of the most diversified fauna and flora in the world.All these colors will make your Wedding exceptional, like in your craziest dreams! The Costarican way of welcoming people will show you what the mythic Pura Vida really means!! So don’t hesitate anymore!

Following you will find a brief summary of the requirements and explanation of the procedure for getting married in Costa Rica:
• Valid passport for each traveler. Some nationalities may also need a visa.
• Original and copies of Birth Certificates of Bride and Groom.
• The copies we keep but we need to see the originals, so we as Notaries Public, can certify them. It is not necessary to certify these through the Costa Rican Consulate in your country.
• If Bride and Groom are divorced or widowed, we need as well originals and copies of Divorce decree or death certificate, Also we’ll keep the copies but need to see originals in order to certify them. Embassy or Consulate certification is unnecessary.
• Criminal Records are not necessary at all.
• We’ll need some basic information about Bride and Groom and both witnesses, such as:
1. Full name
2. Exact address in Country of origin
3. Occupation
4. Parent’s names (with mother’s maiden name), of Bride and Groom
5. Marital status
6. Age, date and place of birth of Bride and Groom
7. Passport number

With the above information, we will create the following documents to process your marriage certificate once the ceremony has taken place:
• Act of Marriage, which will be signed by the Groom and Bride, both witnesses and Lawyer on the day of the ceremony.
• Two Affidavits, where Bride and Groom make a sworn statement about their general information, such as place of birth, marital status, parent’s names, etc. These can be signed at any time before the ceremony itself.
• Certification and translation as Notary Public of all copies of passports.
• Certification and translations as Notary Public of Birth Certificates or Divorce Decrees or Death Certificates.

Be aware that here in Costa Rica all registration procedures, such as
marriages take approximately 2 1/2 to 3 months. Once we receive your marriage certificate we will proceed to do the following:
• Obtain the certificate itself.
• Obtain the authentication of the Secretary of Civil Registry on the Certificate.
• Have it translated from Spanish to English through an Official.
Translator, who will be duly appointed by The Department of Foreign Affairs here in Costa Rica.
• Then both signature of Secretary and Translator have to be certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
• Finally, we need to get the Certification from Notaries at the Embassy of your country here in Costa Rica.
• We’ll then mail you your Marriage Certificate so you can proceed to register your marriage in your country.
Courier services such as DHL, UPS or FedEx are available and can be paid in advance in order to receive documents quickly and securely.
Charges apply for one Marriage certificate only. Copies are charged separately.
We work with various lawyers: all very professional and responsible, they are able to help you with any legal need you may have either for married license or any other business when in Costa Rica.

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