Getting Married in Costa Rica

To legally marry in Costa Rica is a simple and straightforward process. Our lawyer will contact you via email and request a copy of your passports along with a few questions. There is no need for notarizations, divorce decrees or blood tests and there is no waiting time. It’s as simple as that.

A certification of marriage is issued by the Civil Registry of Costa Rica, translated by an Official Translator, and apostilled or authenticated by the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry, and finally notarized by the Consulate (or Consular Offices) of the country you reside in. This procedure is done strictly following international laws that regulate these matters, thus ensuring full validity of your marriage back home.

OFFICIANT There are several options for officiating, and in our opinion, this choice should be made with care. An officiant sets the tone of your ceremony. Costa Rica allows anyone to perform a wedding ceremony. You can choose the lawyer that handles your paperwork, a religious officiant or a friend or family member!  Please contact us with any questions.


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