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Dominican Republic Marriage Requirements

Dominican Republic marriage requirements for foreigners make possible to celebrate a civil union between a local and a foreigner, or both groom and bride to get married in the island if both are foreigners. The paperwork can be initiated with photocopies sent via email, and the couple must bring the originals to the island’s Civil Status Office when arriving to the country.

dominican republic marriage requirements
Dominican Republic marriage requirements aren't so hard to deal with

Of the list of requirements to get married in the Dominican Republic, the first items in the list are the easiest; copy of the passport, a copy of the passport’s last entry to the DR, and the affidavits. The Birth certificate should be easy as well, and in some countries that can be taken care of online.


Required Documentation:

  • Original passport with photocopy of the identification page
  • Copy of the passport’s last entry to the country ( DR )
  • Affidavits of marital status, before a notary public, of being single and eligible to marry; the sworn declaration then needs to be legalized at the Offices of Procuraduría General de La República. If the Sworn declaration is done before a U.S. notary, it then needs to be legalized at the closest Dominican Consulate in the U.S.
  • Original birth certificates; copies and a legal translation of the certificate; central authorities in both the United States and the Dominican Republic now authenticate their own public documents, such as birth, death or marriage certificates, with a certificate of apostille (name of the authentication stamp). You can get your document apostille at the office of Vital Records in your state, or visit
  • Divorce Certificate(s) or Death Certificate(s), if applicable; and
  • Two or more witnesses with valid passports, other than family.

Embassies & Consulates Contact

Sosua Catamaran weddings have the concierge service to assist you in the process, and we include the DR civil union fee required from everyone who wants to get married in the island. If you need more information let us know, or use the consulate contacts in the list below.

US embassy on DR marriages
US Embassy page on DR Marriage.
Canada page for foreign marriages
Canadian page on foreign marriage