Jamaica's popularity as a wedding destination comes from its easy marriage legalities and the many tour operators and wedding planners who arrange weddings there. If you're looking for a wedding in the sun then look no further!
Below are the legalities for marrying in Jamaica, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.
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Jamaica Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in Jamaica?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If under 18 then
parental consent is required.
Two witnesses are required.
How long do I have to be resident in Jamaica before I can get married?
You have to be resident for 24 hours before you can be married, this must include one working day.
Getting a marriage licence
You must apply for a marriage licence at the Ministry of Justice,
this can be done through your wedding planner and can take up to four weeks to
You must be able to state the full names of both your parents as well as
yourselves on the application form and send in the documents below.
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Certified birth certificates showing father’s name.
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
If you have changed your name then proof must be shown.
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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Jamaica Marriage Registrar's
Ministry of Justice
Head Office, NCB South Tower
2 Oxford Road
Tel:+1 876 906 492 331
Fax:+1 876 906 1712