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Getting Married in Costa Rica

Getting Married in Costa Rica just got easier. We offer Civil Marriage Ceremonies.

What is a Civil Marriage Ceremony?

A civil ceremony is simply a nonreligious, legal marriage ceremony presided over by a legal official instead of a religious one.

How is a civil ceremony different from a religious one?

A civil ceremony is basically a one-stop shop because we do everything for you. It’s legally binding, which means you won’t have to have two ceremonies. A religious ceremony is not legally binding, so either before or after your religious ceremony, you will need to go to city hall to obtain your marriage license to make it legal.

Civil Ceremonies take approximately 30 minutes to fulfill the legal requirements and signing of all documents. Ceremonies can be performed at your location or at the layers office.

Marriages legally performed and validated in Costa Rica are also legal and valid in other countries. Your marriage certificate will be issued by the Registro Civil in about three months after it has been registered.

Your marriage will be recognized in the Canada and the USA. after you submit the appropriate certifications to the Canadian or U.S. Embassies in Costa Rica.

To be legally recognized in the U.S. or Canada., your marriage certificate must be:

  • Translated into English by an Official Translator accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Relations Authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
  • Notarized by a Notary (we can do this for you).
  • Certified and signed by your embassy’s Consular Section.

Choosing the location.

Not everyone wants to have a grand traditional church wedding. There are other options for your wedding ceremony. For most civil ceremonies, you can just go to the lawyers office. If you don’t want to get married at the lawyers office, you can have your civil ceremony anywhere, like your back yard, public park or a nature reserve.

Just call 8373-2085 to get started

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