Getting Married in Costa Rica
You can be legally married in Costa Rica by a lawyer or a Catholic priest. We can provide you with an English speaking lawyer. If you would like a catholic ceremony let us know.
You will send us your full names, birthdates, occupations, ages, actual marital status, home address, passport copies and the names and nationality of your parents. Two witnesses will need to sign the marriage act which we can do if necessary. Family members can be witnesses.
Sworn declaration is required of a foreigner certifying that he or she has never been married. If you are divorced or widowed you must indicate the full name or your “ex” and the date of the divorce or death. Documentation is not necessary.
Price: $150 for one or two people.
Can be done in English or Spanish in the lawyers office in Puerto Viejo or at an alternative location, for example, the beach. The text of the ceremony can be adapted by adding passages to your liking. The marriage will be officially inscribed in the National Register. This process takes about three months.
Certification of the marriage certificate
Foreigners may want to obtain a legal international certification of their inscribed Costa Rican marriage certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Relations to present in their own countries.
In the USA this is presented at the Vital Records Department. This process requires another month after the marriage is inscribed in Costa Rica. The certificate will then be mailed to you in your own country by registered mail.
Master of Ceremonies
If you are already legally married or would like to legally marry in the lawyers office and then have your own personalized service on the beach, we can provide a master of ceremonies who will work with you to create the ceremony you want.