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"LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR RELIGIOUS DOMINICAN WEDDINGS"

REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING MARRIED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Dominican Republic and the U.S.A. are members of the La Hague Convention, your official documents MUST be apostilled by your Secretary of State Office. An apostille is an authentication issued on official documents in order to ensure their international validity. It is an attachment to the document.

  • Valid passport.
  • Original Birth Certificate.
  • Notarized Single Status Affidavit for each one.
  • If previously married, copy of legalized/sealed Divorce Act or Death Certificate.
    There is a mandatory 10 months waiting period, for women, after divorced for re-marrying.
  • Certificate adoption, if applicable.
  • Parental authorization, if applicable.
  • Passport photocopies of the witnesses.
For minors traveling to and from the Dominican Republic without their parents, you will need the following:

A notarized letter from the child's parent(s), authorizing travel to and-or from the Dominican Republic with accompayning adult's name as appears on passport.
THE CONSENT LETTER FOR MINORS TRAVELING WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS SHOULD READ AS FOLLOWS:

"I, [YOUR NAME AS APPEARS IN YOUR PASSPORT, CITIZENSHIP, AND PASSPORT NUMBER] HEREBY AUTHORIZE MY CHILD (CHILDREN) [NAME(S) AND PASSPORTS NUMBER(S)] TO TRAVEL FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO [DESTINATION COUNTRY] WITH [ACCOMPANYING ADULT'S NAME AND PASSPORT NUMBER], ON [DATE OF TRAVEL]."

YOUR SIGNATURE, NOTARIZED PLEASE

You will send that notarized consent to us, with a photocopy of the child’s passport; a photocopy of the authorizing parent(s) passport, and a photocopy of the accompayning adult's passport, also, 2 pictures of the child, (can be school pictures). We will send back to you a translation, certified by the Dominican Consulate, to be presented to the airport authorities in the Dominican Republic.


DOCUMENTS TO BE SENT TO "WE DO", FOR TRANSLATION AND LEGALIZATION:


-Original and one copy of Single Status Affidavit*, notarized at your place of residency (Bride and Groom, one for each),SHOWING NAMES AS THEY APPEAR ON YOUR PASSPORTS.

Please obtain an apostille for the Notary’s signature ON EACH SINGLE STATUS FORM.

-Original and one copy, of your apostilled birth certificates** (Bride and Groom).

IF PARENTS NAMES ARE NOT SHOWN ON THE BIRTH CERTIFICATES, PLEASE INDICATE THEM SEPARATELY FOR US.

-One photocopy of passport, picture/information page (Bride and  Groom).
IF PASSPORTS ARE NOT READY ON TIME TO BE SENT WITH YOUR DOCUMENTS, YOU CAN SEND COPIES OF YOUR DRIVERS LICENSES.

-If formerly married, original plus one photocopy of apostilled divorce decree** or death certificate. -Name change document, if name has been changed (including divorcees who have reverted back to maiden name).
-Money order/cashier’s check for the corresponding amount.
-Self stamped/addressed envelope or prepaid courier (FEDEX, DHL, UPS, etc.) for the return of the documentation.
-Name of resort/hotel where the wedding will be celebrated, date of the wedding,name of Wedding Coordinator.

Your witnesses information is not to be included since it doesn't have to be translated, nor certified.  If needed, the resort can provide the witnesses.

You do not need to obtain a Marriage License in the USA, all weddings officiated in the Dominican Republic are legal and valid worldwide.

PLEASE SEND DOCUMENTS AND PAYMENT TO

WEDDING DOCUMENTATION
1619 COTTAGE LANDING LN
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77077

PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE SENDING YOUR DOCUMENTS.  ALTHOUGH REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SAME, FEES AND PROCEDURES DIFFER FOR DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES OR PLACES OF RESIDENCY.

**The Dominican Republic and the U.S.A. are members of 
    the La Hague Convention, please have your official
    documents apostilled by your Secretary of State Office.   

    Obtaining an apostille is simple and fast, an apostille is
    an authentication issued on official documents in order   
    to ensure their international validity.  It is an
    attachment to the document.

THE APOSTILLE ON YOUR OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS IS MANDATORY FOR YOUR WEDDING IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

Click on the link below for a list of countries members of the La Hague Convention:

http://travel.state.gov/abduction/resources/congressreport/congressreport_1487.html 

Click on the link below for an updated list of telephone numbers for the Secretaries of State offices:

http://www.sos.idaho.gov/notary/apost_allstates.htm 

PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER IN CASE WE NEED TO CONTACT YOU REGARDING YOUR DOCUMENTS.

If the wedding will be celebrated in Portillo, Samana, or Puerto Plata and surrounding areas, the Judge will require to have your legalized translations apostilled by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Dominican Republic. We can take care of this for you through our office in Santo Domingo for an additional fee.    

Documentation should be sent 90 to 30 days before the wedding. You have to bring originals and certified translations to the 
resort, with you, when traveling for your wedding.   DO NOT MAIL YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE RESORT.

CANADIAN CITIZENS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR DOCUMENTS APOSTILLED



Legal translations of your documents are prepared at our office.
DO NOT HAVE DOCUMENTS PREVIOUSLY TRANSLATED.


You will also need two witnesses, if foreigners, they will need their passports* for identification. If they are from the Dominican Republic, a Dominican I.D. will suffice.

You can copy/ paste the following sample and complete it with your own information. One for each (Bride and groom) and notarize it, please, by Public Notary or Commissioner of Oaths:

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SINGLE STATUS AFFIDAVIT/SWORN DECLARATION

I, [full name as in passport], of the City of                                                , in the State [Province] of                                               , DO SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY DECLARE THAT:

-I am [full name as in passport], born as [name as it appears in Birth Certificate] on [date of birth] in [place of birth].

-I am a [citizenship] citizen with passport No:                                                , who resides at [full address].

-I intend to marry [full name as in passport] in the [hotel name] in [city], Dominican Republic during the month of [month and year of marriage].

-I am single and have never been married before. To the best of my knowledge and belief there is no legal impediment or other lawful cause to prevent me from getting married.

-The names of my parents are                                                , Mother and                                                , Father.

I make this Solemn Declaration firmly believing it to be true and knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath.

DECLARED by me, this(date)____of ______,


Signed [your name here]____________________________
(Full name as in passport)

DECLARED in my presence, this (date)____of ______,


_______________________________
Signed as a Public Notary (Commissioner of Oaths)

IF DIVORCED, PLEASE INDICATE “single, divorced since (date your divorce was final). To the best of my…” INCLUDE NAME OF FORMER SPOUSE, DATE THE DIVORCE WAS FINAL, FILE/RECORD NUMBER, COURT, AND NAME OF THE JUDGE.

IF WIDOW-WIDOWER, PLEASE INDICATE “single, widow/widower since (date as appears on the death certificate). To the best of my knowledge and belief there is no legal impediment or …

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Documents will be translated and legalized, and will be sent back to you in about 7 working days.
For fees and any other information or assistance, please call us at 1-800-686-WEDO or (809)383-2199.

Once you received your Marriage Certificate from your Hotel in the Dominican Republic, you need to send a photocopy (front and back) to us to be legally issued in English, and certified by the Dominican Consulate.
Please include a self stamped/addressed envelope and a Money Order covering the consular certification fee.

WEDDING DOCUMENTATION (WE DO), HAS HANDLED THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS FOR COUPLES WHO HAVE BEEN LEGALLY MARRIED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

FEEL FREE TO INQUIRE ABOUT OUR SERVICE, WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS WITH OFFICES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

 

1-800-686-WEDO

 
 
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