LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A WEDDING IN COSTA RICA

WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE A LEGAL COSTA RICA WEDDING

Getting married in Costa Rica is a simple and straightforward process with a few requirements. By law two witnesses are required to attest that they know the couple and that the bride and groom are each entering marriage by their own will and are each legally able to be married (they are both single).

REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING MARRIED IN COSTA RICA:

A valid passport is required for the bride, the groom and each witness. Copies of each are required for the notary prior to the ceremony.

Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony. Anyone can be a witness, and we can assist in providing a witness for you, if needed, at no additional cost.

Certificate of marital status for groom and bride is required

A wedding information questionnaire must be completed prior to the ceremony

It is not necessary to visit or reside in Costa Rica for any period of time before getting married. The documents brought by you do not need to be translated into Spanish, and you do not need to bring the original copies.

You do not need to apply for a marriage license from your Home Country or in Costa Rica. According to Costa Rican law, women do not change their last name when they get married. In the legal documentation and in your marriage certificate, your names will appear as they currently appear on your passports. You can start the process in order to change your last name in your Country of Residence if you wish to do so when your marriage certificate is sent to your Country.

We can handle all paperwork requirements for you with the consulate and any public offices.

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