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Destination Wedding - Marriage requirements for

Hawaii - French Polynesia (Tahiti ) - Fiji - Jamaica -St. Lucia - Bahamas - Mexico

 

Hawaii – All Islands:

• There is no waiting period
• NO blood tests required
• Legal age is 18 for both male and females
• Written consent from both parents, legal guardian or family court if 16 or 17 years of age
• A certified birth certificate is necessary for anyone 18 and under; some form of picture ID is requested for anyone 19 and over.

It's very easy to wed in Hawai'i. There are no medical tests or residency requirements. However, you will need the following; a valid Hawai'i marriage license (info below), a licensed minister/officiant to perform your ceremony and at least one qualified witness. Your witness may be of any age, provided he or she understands the nature of the ceremony and is capable of signing his or her signature on your license.
Both you and your spouse-to-be will need to attend a scheduled appointment with an authorized licensing agent to apply for your marriage license. Each island has a number of approved agents that you may choose from. Age 18 is the legal minimum age to marry in Hawai'i without written permission. Those ages 16 or 17 may wed if they have the written permission of both parents or a legal guardian. A bonifide birth certificate is required for those 18 and under. Anyone 19 or over will simply need a valid photo I.D. (Note: If you have been widowed or divorced, you will need to have all related names, dates and places applicable to that event available at the time of your appointment.)
The marriage license fee is $60.00, payable in cash to the licensing agent only. Once your license is issued it is valid for 30-days anywhere in the state. (This enables you to obtain your license on one island, and use it on any other island.) It is your responsibility to take the license with you to your ceremony, and to give it to the minister or officiant who will be performing the wedding (prior to the actual start of the ceremony).
* To request an official Hawai'i marriage license information kit, write or call the state Department of Health in Honolulu. This kit includes a marriage license application form. To help speed the process along, be sure to take the application with you to your licensing appointment. (The licensing agent will have applications available if you don't obtain one in advance.)
State of Hawai'i ? Department of Health ? Marriage License Section
P.O. Box 3378 ? Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: 808 586 4544 ~ 8AM/5PM HST, Monday through Friday

You may also go to the official Dept. of Health website to view online
wedding information and download a (self-printed) license application

http://www.hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/marriage/index.html

French Polynesia (Tahiti) – All Islands:

Because of the requirement that couples must maintain a residency of at least (30) days in Tahiti, for all practical purposes weddings in Tahiti are not legally binding. Many couples marry at home with family and friends present, and then journey to Tahiti to exchange vows in a more private and intimate ceremony.

Fiji – All Islands:


Weddings in Fiji are legally recognized in the USA and you may marry any day of the week except Sunday.

• There is no waiting period to get married
• You must have proof of citizenship, such as a passport
• You must have a certified birth certificate
• If divoreced bring a certified copy of divorce papers
• If widowed, bring a certified copy of death certificate of deceased spouse
• Officially witnessed consent of parental guardian if under 21 years of age
• NO blood test required

Once you arrive in Fiji, you must do:

• Apply for a marriage license by the Registry Office, which can be granted and obtained in one day. Registry offices are in Suva, Nadi or Lautoka; when marrying on Vanua Levu, registration must be in Savusavu and for the island of Taveuni or outer northeastern islands, register in Taveuni.
• Registration office hours are 9am – 3pm Monday thru Friday, and takes approximately 15 minutes.
• You will need (2) witnesses for the ceremony and to sign the marriage certificate. If you do not have witnesses, most resorts will supply you with one.

Caribbean wedding requirements:

Jamaica

• You must be a resident for 24 hours prior to the wedding
• You must have proof of citizenship, such as a passport or certified birth certificate PLUS photo ID
• If divorced, bring a Proof of Absolute
• If widowed, bring a certified copy of death certificate of decease spouse
• Parental permission in the form of written consent if either party is under the age of 18
• NO blood test required

Once you arrive in Jamaica, you must do:
• Apply for and be granted a marriage license by the Ministry of National Security, 12 Ocean Blvd., Kingston, Jamaica. Phone: 876-922-0080. they are open Monday thru Thursday from 830am – 5pm and Friday from 830am – 4pm
• You will need (2) witnesses for the ceremony and to sign the marriage certificate

St. Lucia

• You must be a resident FOUR days prior to the wedding
• Have a valid (10) year passport
• Have an original birth certificate
• If divorced, bring a Proof of Absolute with a court stamp
• If widowed, bring a death certificate of the decease spouse
• If your name has been changed, bring a Deed Pool
• Bring evidence of parental consent, if the form of a notarized sworn affidavit, if one of the parties is under the age of 18
• NO blood test required

Once you arrive in St. Lucia, you must do:
• Apply for a marriage license through the Attorney General after you have resided in the country for at least TWO days. It is then another two day process, so plan your wedding accordingly. You can marry on the FIFTH day.

Bahamas

• You must be a resident for 24 hours prior to the wedding
• If divorced, bring a Proof of Absolute
• If widowed, bring a certified copy of death certificate of decease spouse
• Bring evidence of parental consent with a form that may be obtained from the Registrar General’s office, if one of the parties is under the age of 18
• A government issued photo ID is required
• NO blood test is required
• Parties must produce evidence of the date of their arrival in the Bahamas (airline ticket, immigration card, etc.)

Once you arrive in Bahamas, you must do:
• Apply for a marriage license at the Registrar’s office; both of you must be in the Bahamas when applying and the cost is $100.00
• Obtain a copy of your marriage certificate before leaving the islands from the Registrar General’s office with a cost of $20.00 per copy

Mexico

• There is no waiting period to get married
• You must have proof of citizenship, such as a passport with tourist card or visa and certified birth certificate and photo ID
• If divoreced, bring a Proof of Absolute; divorced persons cannot marry until a full year has passed since entry of the final decree
• If widowed, bring a death certificate of the deceased spouse
• Consent of parental guardian is required if under the age of 18

Once you arrive in Mexico, you must do:
• Apply for a marriage license at the Registro Civil, which serves as a marriage license bureau and is found in each city; it is recommended that you allow for TWO to FOUR days for processing
• Take a blood test, which MUST be performed in Mexico
• Find two witnesses for the ceremony who are at least 18 years of age

Note: Couples who have a wedding in Mexico performed by a priest, minister or by a Mayan shaman do not receive a marriage license unless they also register with the justice of the peace and have a civil ceremony. It is advised that you work with a wedding planner to help you fulfill the requirements properly, since each state varies slightly with the details of getting married. In addition, Civil Registers Office (Registro Civil), where you apply for a marriage license, do not always have staff who speak English, so, again a wedding coordinator can be indispensiable.