Getting married in Puerto Rico is quite simple and can be done the same week you arrive to the island for your wedding.
Before heading down to Puerto Rico make sure that you have your paperwork in order. You will both need:
- Original Birth Certificates.
- Drivers License (or government issued picture ID).
- Death or divorce/annulment certificates (in the case you had a previous marriage).
- Medical Certificate dated 10 days within your wedding (stating that both of you met your local marriage requirements and are in good health).
- An Affidavit that indicates that you are only in Puerto Rico to get married. (You can get this done in here for about $50)
Then, during the week of your wedding your will go to the Demographic Registry Office to get your license. You should have your wedding planner or your officiant accompany you to get this as we have more experience and speak Spanish which will help you move things along quicker.
- An Internal Revenue Stamp for Destination Weddings which costs $150 and needs to be purchased BEFORE you go to the registry as they do not accept cash, check, or credit cards. Again, your wedding planner or officiant can help you get this on the same day.
Then you will have your license and you are ready to get legally married in Puerto Rico.
Now, after the ceremony your officiant will take care of registering your marriage license and it will usually be available 3-5 days later. Once you get back home you can get a copy of your marriage license online at Vital Chek for $10.