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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.
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.
El Morro, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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.
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)
Here's the language from the letter we used.
Best of luck.
P.S. If you need any more help, consider contacting Maribel Ramirez of Creating Weddings Group for coordination services.
Letter written on hospital/dr stationary.
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.
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:
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:
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.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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(