The Marriage Certificate is legal proof
that the marriage has taken place and is issued after the marriage has been
registered by the Registrar General’s Department. You may apply for the Marriage Certificate directly
or through the Marriage Officer. Please
consult with your Marriage Officer or the Hotel wedding coordinator when you
make initial contact regarding your wedding arrangements to ensure the costs
cover the payment for a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate.
Registrar General’s Department takes between seven (7) working days to one (1)
month to be process the certified copy of the Marriage Certificate.
If your country’s language is not
English, then your documents must be legalised by the Embassy/High Commission which
represents your government in Jamaica. Once the original Marriage Certificate
is issued by the Jamaican Government, the certified copy is sent to the
Marriage Officer who will forward this with your address to your Embassy/High
Commission. Alternatively, you may have
the original Marriage Certificate authenticated by the Jamaican High Commission
prior to being legalized by your respective Foreign Ministry.
Only after being legalised by your
Foreign Ministry, is the marriage process in Jamaica complete and your marriage
will be recognised as a legal union in your country of origin.