Brazil is not the easiest country in which to get married if you don't live there, but it is possible if you're willing to plan ahead. The marriage certificate takes up to 30 days to process, so you could start the process off, then go travelling and then go back to get married. Not a bad plan!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Brazil, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Brazil Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in Brazil?
Legal age for marriage is 21 years for both men and women
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption
Two witnesses must be present who are over 21 years of age.
How long do I have to be resident in Brazil before I can get married?
There are no residency requirements to get married in Brazil, but the marriage certificate can take up to 30 days to be processed..
Getting a marriage licence
You must both take the documents below in person to the Civil Registry office along with 2 witnesses who are over 21 to register your intent to marry.
Witnesses must also bring ID.
You must then register the marriage at the Civil Registry Office before the licence is issued.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Passports and photocopy of photo page and entry stamp into Brazil certified by Registry office
Full birth certificates showing parents' full names
Certificate of Single Status, certified by the Brazilian Ministry of External Affairs
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown and your previous marriage certificate
All documents must be translated into Portuguese by an official translator and authenticated by the Brazilian Consulate in your home country. Divorce decrees must be legalised in Brazil—you may need a Brazilian lawyer for this.
Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.
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Brazil Marriage Registrar's Office
There are many Cartorios (Registry offices) in Brazil
and you will need to contact the one in the town or
region in which you wish to marry.