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July 05, 2017 4:16:05 am

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246007 Ashley R Wedding date: June 22, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

About how long/what is the process of getting a marriage license in San Juan? I have a planner taking me on a Tuesday morning @ 10 am, but I just want to get an idea of what to expect!

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Emptyprofileicon RANDY and JEANNIE Wedding date: May 28, 2011

February 08, 2012 5:07:20 pm

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.

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Emptyprofileicon Danny Beach Wedding date: April 16, 2010 San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 08, 2012 5:22:09 pm

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.

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Emptyprofileicon Paola Leon Wedding date: October 15, 2011 San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 08, 2012 5:32:56 pm

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!

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Emptyprofileicon RANDY and JEANNIE Wedding date: May 28, 2011

February 08, 2012 5:38:58 pm

Ha! Good point :) It felt like it - I wasnt thinking just then. And thats good that blood work is no longer req.

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226346 ashlee g Wedding date: January 28, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 09, 2012 2:05:49 pm

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.

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246007 Ashley R Wedding date: June 22, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 28, 2012 3:30:42 pm

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.

xo Ashley

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Emptyprofileicon Paola Leon Wedding date: October 15, 2011 San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 28, 2012 3:55:37 pm

Hi Ashley,

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.

Hope this is helpful!

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246007 Ashley R Wedding date: June 22, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 28, 2012 4:02:19 pm

Thanks - ashley.n.knowlton (at) gmail.com

I appreciate it!

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Emptyprofileicon Katie and Todd Wedding date: July 21, 2012 Puerto Rico

May 27, 2012 10:32:52 am

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?

Thanks,
Katie

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Emptyprofileicon Katie and Todd Wedding date: July 21, 2012 Puerto Rico

May 27, 2012 10:35:08 am

Hi, I'd appreciate it if you could send me the sample wording for the county clerk. I'm getting married in Puerto Rico in July 2012.

Thanks,
Katie

My email is littleosmami at yahoo.com

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Emptyprofileicon Katie and Todd Wedding date: July 21, 2012 Puerto Rico

May 27, 2012 10:38:27 am

To get married in Puerto Rico, I found one of the following requirements:

Medical certification indicating that they met all the tests required for marriage in their place of residence. If in the case of the residence place of the parties does not require blood or medical tests for marriage may present a medical certificate that says so, or a document issued by the competent authority of the state, country or territory that certified it.

I've been told by one person that I need a letter from a doctor saying the State of Indiana doesn't require blood or medical tests and that letter needs to be notorized by our county clerk.

Based on the language above, it sounds like maybe I wouldn't have to get a letter from the doctor --- I could go straight to the county clerk for this documentation. Does anyone know if that's true? If not, if I need to get documentation from a doctor, is my doctor going to know how to do what I'm asking? In other words, do I write a letter for the doctor to sign, or will the doctor already have an idea for what to write? Any feedback would be great.

Thanks,
Katie

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Emptyprofileicon Dawn Smith

May 28, 2012 4:31:49 pm

I'm also planning a wedding in Puerto Rico this summer and I'm having a lot of difficulties getting all the documentation before the ceremony. I'd appreciate any templates or sample letters for the medical requirements and residency affidavits. Also, any advice on the chance of extending the 10 day expiration date for medical paperwork.

Thanks,
Dawn

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Emptyprofileicon christine hernandez Wedding date: March 30, 2013 El Morro, Puerto Rico

June 07, 2012 4:15:56 pm

Hi, I'd appreciate it if you could send me the sample wording for the county clerk. I'm getting married in Puerto Rico in march 2013.

Thanks
Christine

My email pimpetteog2177@aol.com

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226346 ashlee g Wedding date: January 28, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 08, 2012 9:46:58 am

hi all.... i am re-posting my original answer, as it seems there is still confusion for some about the documentation. we were married in january of this year - so this is all up to date, accurate information. it is truly quite simple - just make a checklist of each of the items below. PLEASE NOTE they are VERY strict about having ALL of the items below. i am adding some extra notes to the sections below to try to answer some of the questions posted since my original answer. hope this helps.

my #1 recommendation is to have your officiant and or wedding planner go with you through the process - our officiant had an additional charge and it was WELL WORTH IT. he picked us up, took us, and walked us through everything on site to get the certificate. honestly, i would not suggest navigating that alone.

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.
note added oct 8: this is the document that must be notarized NOT the medical certificate. it MUST be dated no mare than 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.
note added oct 8: we live in new york, and did not have to have any blood work done. check the requirements in your state, but very few require bloodwork anymore. this also MUST be dated no more than 10 days prior to your wedding date. we had our doctor do a letter for each of us. this document does NOT need to be notarized.

5. IF EITHER OF YOU HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED: A DIVORCE DECREE OR DEATH CERTIFICATE.

6. IF EITHER HAS CHILDREN, THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES.

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246007 Ashley R Wedding date: June 22, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 08, 2012 11:04:28 am

Everything above is correct, I would only add that you need a copy of the Notary Public's certification (county clerk = Notary Public) along with the notarized travel document. The man working at the Demographic Office told me this was key.

(Reference- Married in June 2012)

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Emptyprofileicon Katie and Todd Wedding date: July 21, 2012 Puerto Rico

October 09, 2012 10:26:55 am

All,

Here's the language from the letter we used.

Best of luck.
Katie

P.S. If you need any more help, consider contacting Maribel Ramirez of Creating Weddings Group for coordination services.
http://www.creatingweddingsgroup.com/

Letter written on hospital/dr stationary.

Date

Bride’s first/last name and Groom’s first/last name reside in the town of City, State. As non-residents of Puerto Rico, Ms. Bride’s last name and Mr. Groom’s last name will be traveling to Puerto Rico for the purpose of marriage. Blood or medical tests are not required in State for a Marriage License. They will be visiting Puerto Rico from Date to Date, at which time they will return to their home in City, State.

Doctor’s Name
License Number

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246007 Ashley R Wedding date: June 22, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 09, 2012 10:36:52 am

I will copy mine in here as well. We made an appointment within 10 days of our wedding (6/14 & we married on 6/22) and our doctor printed the following letter on her medical letterhead, signed and dated:

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Affidavit of Medical Requirement

I, Christina Lastname, MD, do hereby affirm that Ashley Lastname and Charles Lastname have met the medical requirements for marriage in Our City, California, San Diego County, where they reside. As of the date of this letter, there are no medical requirements for the State of California.

Dr's signature, date and contact info
--

If you have separate Doctors, you simply need a letter for each of you. My Travel Affidavit was separate, and notarized by a public notary, with a copy of her certification behind it:

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Affidavit of Visitation

We Ashley Lastname and Charles Lastname, do hereby affirm that we are nonresidents of Puerto Rico.

We will be arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday, June 16, 2012. It is our intent to be married on Friday, June 22, 2012 and to depart San Juan, Puerto Rico, via cruise ship, on Sunday, June 24, 2012.
The purpose of our visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico is to be married.

Signed ______________________________
Ashley Lastname

Signed ______________________________
Charles Lastname

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226346 ashlee g Wedding date: January 28, 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 09, 2012 10:42:03 am

we also had to provide two SEPARATE documents, as ashley has listed above. the letter stating the dates, purpose of your trip to the island, and permanent residence is the one that must be notarized.

the separate doctor's letter must be on their letterhead, within 10 days of your wedding date.

the examples above with regard to wording are almost exactly what we used. they very carefully review each document, and we did see a couple turned away for not having everything in order. :o(

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