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Legal requirements for getting married in Jamaica
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Visitors to Jamaica can be married 24 hours after arriving provided that prior application has been made for a marriage license.  Contact the Ministry of Justice, Jamaica to apply for a license (876-906-4923-31).

The following requirements apply to getting married in Jamaica:

  • Proof of citizenship by providing a certified copy of the birth certificate of each party containing the father’s name.
  • Parent’s written consent if a party is under 18 years of age.
  • Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce).
  • Certified copy of a death certificate for widows or widowers.
  • No blood test is required. 
  • Only a marriage officer licensed in Jamaica can legally marry a couple.  An officiant of the couple’s choice may conduct the ceremony, but a local marriage officer must be present to sign the marriage form and make the official marriage pronouncement.  Marriage officers can also provide witnesses for the ceremony.
  • Italian Nationals must notify their embassy and have a certified copy of their marriage certificate forwarded to their embassy to be legalized and translated.
  • French Canadians need a notarized translated copy of all documents and a photocopy of the original French documents.

 


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