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Getting married in Jamaica

Below is information on getting married in Jamaica using the normal process which may be very slow if you do it yourself. At the very end is our suggestion.

Waiting Period
Provided that you have applied for and have been granted a marriage license by the Ministry of National Security, a couple can be married just 24 hours after arriving in the island.

Required Documents -These documents must be either originals or notarized copies and must be in English.

  1. Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name.
  2. Parental permission in the form of parent’s written consent, if under 18.
  3. Proof of divorce (if applicable) – certified copy or original Certificate of Divorce.
  4. Copy of Death Certificate for widow or widower.(if applicable)
  5. Blood Test – No blood test is required. However some couples do this with a private physican while in the country.

Where to Apply
The Ministry of National Security and Justice
12 Ocean Blvd., Kingston, Jamaica
Office hours:
8:30am – 5pm, Mon-Thurs
8:30am – 4pm, Fri.
Phone: (876)922-0080

The Marriage Ceremony
The marriage must be performed before 8:00 PM and two witnesses must be present at the ceremony and for the signing of the marriage certificate.

Our Suggestion
Call the hotel or villa where you will be staying and have them make the arrangements. Yes, we know if you do it yourself you will save some money but on the other hand you may have a nervous breakdown dealing with the process. Keep in mind that these establishment have marriage packages which includes applying and obtaining your marriage license, performance of the ceremony and transportation. They know the process and how to get things done quickly. If you choose this route you will be asked to furnish the required documents via mail. We suggest that you

  • Send notified copies of these documents.
  • Send it express mail.

Additional information like the occupation of the Bride, Groom and their fathers may be requested by the party making the arrangements. Please be aware their may also be a required deposit to get the ball rolling. Good luck and have a happy honeymoon in Jamaica.

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