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Marriage in Costa Rica

Marriage in Costa Rica

Costa Rican marriages are recognized all over the world. You must be at least 18 years old to marry in Costa Rica.

If one or both partners were previously married. In this case, the previously married partner must provide an official copy of the divorce decision.


Usually, most travelers who get married in Costa Rica have a civil ceremony conducted by a local lawyer. The lawyer then registers the marriage with the National Register of Costa Rica, which issues an official marriage certificate. Most lawyers or wedding coordinators then translate and certify the document with the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and your country’s embassy or consulate before mailing it to you. From here, if necessary, you can transfer this document to local civil or religious authorities.


Costa Rican law requires two witnesses to be married. Relatives and friends can be witnesses if they are over 18 years old. If you are traveling alone, please inform your coordinator so that the necessary arrangements for local witnesses can be arranged.

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