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Marriages that take place according to Jamaican law are recognized in the United States as legal marriages. Persons getting married in Jamaica must be in country for 24 hours before the ceremony can be performed. No blood tests are required.

In order to secure issuance of a marriage license, the couple should contact a wedding planner or the Registrar General’s Department approximately two weeks before the wedding with the following:

  • Both parties’ birth certificates which must include the father’s name or information substantiating same
  • Official photo identification such as a passport or driver’s license
  • Occupations of bride and groom
  • If either party was married before, certified final divorce papers or death certificate of deceased spouse
  • The relevant fees
  • Once the ceremony is performed, the marriage officer will present the bride with the signed marriage license.  With that document, an official marriage certificate can be obtained through the Registrar General’s Department online service at the Registrar General’s Office in Jamaica.