Thursday 25 February 2021

Getting Married in Costa Rica

luxyry-wedding-cakeQCOSTARICA – Getting married in Costa Rica is pretty easy, all it takes is valid ID (passport for foreigners, cedula for locals) and a notary.

No need to get notarized documents, or have documents translated. A police record is not necessary. Blood tests, what’s that? No marriage license required.  A Costa Rica marriage is legally recognized internationally.

To get married in Costa Rica (civil ceremony or Matrimonio Civil in Spanish) all it requires is a trip to a notary (or the notary come to you) and two witnesses willing to sign the document. The notary will be responsible for filing the paperwork with the Registro Civil (Civil Registry).

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It takes a few weeks for the marriage to appear on the Civil Registry. You can check registered marriages here.

Checking marriages by name: Nombre is you name. 1er Apellido is your last name. 2do Apellido is your second last name (if you do not have a second last name, leave it blank). Sexo: Masculino is Male; Femenino, Female. Fill in the captcha code and press ‘buscar nombres’.

Related: Catholic Church Marriages Regaining Ground in Costa Rica

Cost for civil marriages can vary, it depends on the fee set by the notary. Most lawyers/notaries start at ¢80,000 colones (US$150 dollars).

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In Costa Rica, all notaries are lawyers, but not all lawyers are notaries. And you will need a notary, that is a lawyer who is a notary, to do the paperwork.

Also, In Costa Rica, the woman doesn’t change her name when getting married.


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