We actually decided to get our license in the state we live in and then just had a sentimental ceremony in PR. It was explained that itd probably be easier that way. We avoided the whole process of physical signoffs and a authorized person to meet up with, etc. And its easier if we ever need copies or paperwork to get it from home than another country. But if you decide to do it there i think i remember it involving a judge and doctor (or note from your doctor here) Hope that helps.
It is about an hour. It is just like going to the DMV except there are a lot of new born babies there because it is the same place they go to get birth certificates. You wait in one line and then another and then you are all done. You do not need blood work anymore so no worries about that and of course PR is not another country.
In our case it took a little less than an hour. The facility is inside the Plaza Las Americas Mall and they have a separate desk for marriage licenses so we didn't have to wait very long. Best wishes on your wedding day!
we just went through this a couple of weeks ago! our officiant took us, and it was pretty quick and painless to be honest. as an earlier poster indicated - there is a separate desk for the marriage license. getting through that part was honestly easier than getting all the paperwork together before getting to PR.
you will have to have the following: 1. BIRTH CERTIFICATES
2. CURRENT IDENTIFICATION (PASSPORT / LICENSE / STATE ID)
3. A NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT STATING YOUR DATES OF TRAVEL AND THAT YOU ARE IN PR FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF MARRIAGE. THIS SHOULD ALSO BE AUTHORIZED BY YOUR COUNTY CLERK (WEIRD, I KNOW). THIS MUST BE DONE WITHIN THE 10 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING DATE.
4. A LETTER (EITHER FOR BOTH OF YOU TOGETHER, OR TWO SEPARATE LETTERS) FROM YOUR DOCTOR, ON LETTERHEAD, STATING THAT YOU ARE OF SOUND MIND AND MEET THE REQUIREMENTS IN YOUR STATE FOR MARRIAGE. THIS NEEDS TO BE DATED WITHIN 10 DAYS OF YOUR WEDDING. AND IT MUST BE YOUR HOME DR, NOT A DR IN PR.
5. IF EITHER OF YOU HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED: A DIVORCE DECREE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE.
6. IF EITHER HAS CHILDREN, THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES.
Thanks so much everyone for the help! I just have a few questions if you might lend me your insight:
1) I have heard both you need blood work and you don't. Does anyone have anything official either way?
2) Does anyone have a template for the wording for the County Clerk? Do you know if there is any way this can be done further in advance (beyond the 10 days before wedding date)? I couldn't find a time limit written anywhere.
3) I read that the license and paperwork need to be returned within 10 days of the wedding. Can anyone return these, or does it have to be the bride/groom? Who returned them for you? Can they be mailed?
Thanks so much everyone! Obviously this is the most important aspect of making the wedding legal, so your help is appreciated.
This are the instructions I received from my coordinator. We did not need to do any blood work.
1 A medical certification indicating that they meet all the tests required to get married in their place of residence. The most important thing is, that the certification is valid for a term of 10 calendar days from the date of issue, after those 10 days, they will need a new medical certificate.
2) They need an affidavit stating that a) They are not residents of Puerto Rico b) That the purpose of their visit is to get married . In case of a foreign citizen , the affidavit needs to certify that they will stay in PR the amount of days stipulated in the visa. If the affidavit is written in the US, this must be accompanied by a certificate of the county clerk of the state to certify that he or she is qualified to notarized documents in your state. If is written in a Republic, that must be accompanied by an Apostil seal.
3) US citizens need to present a valid picture ID. Foreign citizens needs to present a valid passport , Visa or Green card.
4) Copy of the birth certificate
5) Divorce Decree or Death Certificate if applicable
I have a sample for the wording of the county clerk, I can send it to you if you provide an e-mail address. Our paper work was returned by the minister. We received our marriage license about a month after the wedding.
Hello, in your post below, you mention that we need to provide birth certificates if either of us have children. This is the first I'm reading of this requirement to get married in Puerto Rico. Can you direct me to a website or more detailed information as to why this is required?