Getting Married In Jamaica: Legal Requirements


To apply for your Jamaican marriage license, obtain a License Form and Form of Declaration from the Ministry of Justice.

Take the License Form to the Stamp Duty and Transfer Tax Department and pay the license fee.

Fill out the Form of Declaration and have it signed by a Justice of the Peace.

The completed documents should then be returned to the Ministry of Justice along with a few necessary documents. Both the bride and groom will need their birth certificate and then if either party has been divorced or widowed a divorce certificate or death certificate is required.

If either the bride or groom is under the age of 18 then parental written consent is also needed.  After submitting all of the above, you should have your Jamaican marriage License within three hours. The license is then valid for 3 months.

If you begin your application process before traveling to Jamaica you can be married just 24 hours after arriving on the island. This is very convenient! By planning ahead you will avoid any stress. Many resorts also have wedding planners that will help you with this process.

You can choose to have your ceremony anywhere in Jamaica. This is great for those who have always dreamed of a romantic beach wedding! Since legal marriage requirements in Jamaica may change over time, you’re advised to check the official government website for exact details. You can find up to date information here.

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