Marriage Requirements Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Colombia


Getting Married in Mexico & Caribbean Resorts
Legal Requirements

The more you know before you book your destination wedding, the better.

Know the Legal Requirements to Legally Wed in
  • Mexico
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Colombia

VALID PASSPORT: Passports must be presented to the On-Site Wedding Team at the time of the wedding consultation.

TOURIST CARD: These are provided on the airplane prior to arrival at the Cancun International Airport. Names on the tourist card and passport MUST be the same.

ADVANCED HOTEL STAY: Bride and Groom must arrive at their hotel three business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the blood tests and process the necessary documents. Saturday and Sunday are not considered working days.

CIVIL CEREMONY FORM: A civil ceremony form must be completed (available through your Wedding Designer) indicating the witnesses name, age, nationality, home address, and occupation.

DIVORCED GROOM: If the groom is divorced no additional documentation is needed.

DIVORCED BRIDE: If the bride is divorced (must be at least one year in order to remarry) and her passport is in her maiden name no additional documentation is needed. If the bride is divorced and her passport is under her ex-husband's last name, then she must present her Birth Certificate and Divorce Certificate translated into Spanish by an Official Translator and with an Apostille Seal. 

DECEASED FORMER SPOUSE: If a bride or groom's former spouse is deceased then a copy of the Death Certificate is required.

HEALTH CERTIFICATE: Mexican laws require a Health Certificate for all legal wedding ceremonies. Blood tests are done to determine blood type, HIV, and STD status. Tests must be taken at the resort and results are ready within 24 hours. The approximate cost is $279 USD per couple (unless stated as an inclusion in your wedding package).

WITNESSES: Legal wedding ceremonies require four witnesses. The hotel can provide witnesses at no extra cost. If the wedding couple provides their own witnesses, the following is needed from each witness:

Valid passport or driver's license

Tourist Card

Witnesses must arrive at the hotel three business days prior to the legal wedding ceremony date in order to complete the legal document process and be present during the onsite meeting with the wedding team.

Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the ceremony.

  • Dominican Republic

The original passport and copies of the passport bio-page; Copies of last entries stamps. A tourist card must be presented.

Sworn declaration before a notary public, of being single and eligible to marry; the sworn declaration then needs to be legalized at the closest Dominican Consulate.

Copy of foreign birth certificate and a legal translation of the certificate with a certificate of an apostille.

If divorced, copy of the divorce certificate and legal translation of the certificate.

2 witnesses (not family).

  • Jamaica

Proof of citizenship – certified copy of a birth certificate, which includes father's name.

Notarized copies of Bride and Groom's official ID (Passports).

Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce).

Notarized copy of death certificate for widow or widower.

Occupation of both candidates.

Occupation and full names of both sets of parents.

Parent's written consent if under 18 years of age.

  • Colombia

Authenticated passport photocopy.

Authenticated birth certificate with a validity no longer than 90 days for foreigners. If the certificate was issued in a language different from Spanish, it should be translated by an official translator and legalized before the local Consulate; apostille.

Certificate of no impediment (AU) or Unmarried state certificate if any or both are foreigners.

Special documents for exceptional circumstances:

Certified copy of marriage annulment when applicable

If widow/widower, certified marriage certificate and spouse’s death certificate

If divorced, a certified copy of previous marriage certificate with divorce clause