People think that getting married in Costa Rica is a complicated matter but your legal officiator can perform a wedding with just copies of your passports and the wedding questionnaire. Your legal
officiator takes care of the rest.
You do not need to apply for a marriage license from your county or from Costa Rica. According with Costa Rican Laws, women do not change their last name when they get married. On the legal documentation
on your marriage certificate your names will appear as they currently appear in your passports. You can start the process in order to change your last name in your country, if this is your desire, when you submit your marriage certificate to your county.
After the ceremony, you will receive a marriage statement sent to the Costa Rican Civil Registry (the governmental institution which records the marriages in Costa Rica) officially translated into English. You will be able to submit this
document to your Marriages Record Office and get your marriage filed in your country once you get back home without waiting for the registration process in Costa Rica to be concluded.
The registration process of a Civil Marriage in
Costa Rica takes approximately three months alter your wedding day. You will be mailed the definitive official marriage certificate issued by the Costa Rican Civil Registry Office and officially translated by your legal officiator.
marriage in Costa Rica is recognized in the USA and Canada and it is considered legal internationally.
Your legal officiator services include performing of all the legal documentation you will need, the registration of the documents
at the Costa Rican Civil Registry Office and the translation and mailing of the final marriage certificate. The fee for their services is $500.00.
Below you will find the necessary information needed to begin planning your Costa
Rican wedding. If you have any questions, you can contact us, and we will be glad to help you.