Tourists flock our beautiful shores from countries near and far to have their fairytale wedding in paradise. The island, with its stunning beaches, historic sites, and picturesque flora and fauna provides the perfect backdrop for these momentous occasions. But weddings are both sentimental and serious occasions. I Do Jamaica magazine brings you this serious moment, so you can be prepared to make the sentimental ones truly spectacular.
Before the Wedding
You can be married within 24 hours of arriving in Jamaica – if you applied for your marriage license prior to your arrival. If not, you’ll need to obtain one from the Ministry of Justice; it is a same day (3 hour) process. There is a fee of USD $50 and your marriage license is valid for 3 months.
Once all the necessary documents are reviewed and found satisfactory, the license will be issued.
NB. Since Jamaica is an English speaking country, all documents that are not issued in English must be translated by an official translator and certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.
Marriage officers may be requested through the registrar general’s department.
The marriage officer charges a fee for this. The amount is at his/her discretion.
- You will be required to send copies of all documents to the marriage officer before your arrival and to documents with you.
- Marriage officer can arrange for the ceremony to take place in a church or at your desired location.
- Marriage ceremonies may be conducted any day of the week.
After the Wedding
Following the ceremony, you will receive a copy of the marriage register which shows proof of marriage. This is signed by the couple, their witnesses and the marriage officer. This is not a legal document and cannot be used to conduct business.
You or your marriage officer must source certified copies of your marriage certificate from the registrar general’s department, can take 7 to 21 working days. Express option is also available.
Once the original marriage certificate is issued by the Jamaican government, the certified copy is sent to your embassy/high Commission, being by your embassy/high Commission, the marriage will be as a legal union in your country.
Registrar General’s Department
Park, St. Catherine Tel: (876) 984 3041-5
Fax: (876) 749 6457