Getting Married In Trinidad and Tobago: Legal Requirements

Trinidad-weddingIf you’re planning a destination wedding it’s important to choose a location that doesn’t have a lot of marriage requirements.

You want the planning process to be as easy as possible, so it’s definitely something to consider.

Getting a Trinidad and Tobago marriage license has been made easier over the past few years.

Fortunately, due to a law change in 1996, it’s possible for non-residents to get married three days after arriving in the country with a Special Marriage License. You used to have to wait seven days which can be a hassle for some couples!

Plan your trip accordingly so that you will be in Trinidad and Tobago at least 3 days before your desired wedding date. Couples wanting to get married must first give Notice of Marriage in person at a Civil Registry office. At this appointment you’ll let them know where you want to get married and provide them with necessary documents.

Documents you’ll need are your passports and proof of address. You’ll also need to pay Trinidad and Tobago marriage license fees. If either party has been divorced or widowed, then a copy of decree absolute or original death certificate must be presented.

If either party is under 18 then parental consent is required. All documents must be in English or accompanied by certified English translations! The ceremony must be performed by a licensed Marriage Officer, even if you plan on having a religious ceremony in a church. The minister must also be a licensed Marriage Officer.

Getting a Trinidad and Tobago marriage license isn’t very difficult and it’s a wonderful choice for a destination wedding. Since legal marriage requirements in Trinidad and Tobago 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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