What do you need for a destination wedding in Puerto Rico?
Are same sex marriages legal in Puerto Rico?
We’re glad you asked:
Concerning same sex marriage, the federal laws of the USA apply to Puerto Rico so same sex marriage is legal in Puerto Rico.
Much of the paperwork that you need, you must obtain from your home state. So what do you need?
- Provide a valid government issued identification with photo ID that is not expired. Passport, driver’s license or state issued ID are the most common.
- Provide a notarized letter that states that you are a non-resident of Puerto Rico and are visiting solely for the purpose of marriage AND state the duration of the visit. For non USA citizens, the duration of the visit cannot exceed what is authorized by their visa/immigration.
- Provide a letter from a doctor from for each spouse stating full address of the physician/doctor’s office which indicates full compliance with your state laws regarding entering into marriage (in your place of residence). This certification must include the name of the spouse and signature of the doctor. Please specify if lab test/blood test is required or not. See here if your state requires lab/blood tests.
- Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Stamp for $150. (This can be purchased at the demographics office)
- Original birth certificates. The marriage license will be issued in this same name. If there has been any legal name changes, then evidence of that must be provided with a sealed, certified copy.
- If you are under 21, you must have both parents of legal guardianship present (Puerto Rican law).
- Submit all previous final divorce decrees from previous marriages.
- Submit any death certificates from a previous spouse.
- The future spouses must obtain all the required documents above AND visit the demographic registration office in Puerto Rico, prior to the ceremony. The paperwork that the demographic’s office provides allows for the ceremony to proceed. (At Coqui del Mar we are happy to take you to this office)
The ceremony then takes place.
You can book a place for the ceremony, or do a smaller impromptu ceremony in a more private setting. You will need two witnesses to sign the ceremony paperwork (they do not need to come to the demographic registry office).
- The celebrant/officiant must be registered with the demographic registry office. The celebrant should provide a form (Form RD-14 REV 11/18) to be completed post ceremony. The document must be submitted within 10 days of the wedding ceremony to the demographic registry office. Couples considering a celebrant should check the date of the expiration of the celebrant’s license (these can be renewed for a maximum of 6 months).
*If your documents, such as divorce decrees, name changes, birth certificates or other required documents are in a language other than English or Spanish, then you must translate these into English or Spanish and provide the original documents.
**Obtain your marriage license online afterwards at pr.gov or vitalcheck.com about 3 weeks after the celebrant turns in the paperwork.
***Paperwork must be filled out in blue or black permanent ink (Not ball point pen). No mistakes/line outs/etc allowed or must redo paperwork.
To download the actual document with the government rules and further information, please download the document below:
Coqui del Mar Guest House has an official celebrant and is able to officiate weddings in Puerto Rico. We specialize in LGBTQ weddings though we are open to joining any two partners for their future committment.
We are happy to hand walk you through the process and keep this important day as stress free as possible so you can enjoy what is truly important.
We offer 3 levels of wedding packages.
1) An intimate wedding ceremony. This can be simply you and your partner or a few guests. We will talk prior to your voyage to ensure you have all the paperwork requirements taken care of. Once here, we will take you to the registry office to get the pre-paperwork completed with you. An intimate and simple ceremony can be held on our property, at the beach, or at another agreed location in San Juan. Post ceremony, come back to the guest house for bubbly and tapas. The next day, we will go to the registry office to complete the papework. Occasionally, the license may be completed on the spot. Otherwise, it can be downloaded 3 weeks later.
2) We do everything above, but we provide a temporary wedding veranda, ideal to marry under and for the most memorable photos. A professional photographer is provided along with cake afterwards and a huge Sangria pitcher for friends and family to enjoy.
3) Everything above, and we provide a videographer to capture your day the best way possible. A full party with DJ, and on the spot paella.
PRICE: depends on number of guests
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