Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Aruba
Allow least one month from arrival in Aruba to wedding date to process paperwork (sending documents early, to arrive no later than a month prior to your wedding date can cut the one month waiting period down significantly). We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Certified copy of birth certificates with Apostille
- Valid Passports or photo identification
- Certificate of No Impediment*
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
- Certificates may be required for religious ceremonies, contact the chosen place of worship in Aruba to find out more.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Aruba, with exception to the Catholic Church.
Catholic Wedding must be officiated in your home country. If you would like to further commit to one another in Aruba bring the following items: proof of a pre-nuptial counseling session, permission and declaration of no previous marriage from their priest (in home country), wedding certificate, baptismal certificates, and confirmation certificates. These documents must be submitted 4 months prior to a planned ceremony. All Catholic ceremonies are celebrated in the Catholic Church.
Protestant, Episcopalian and Methodist Weddings do not require additional paperwork. The wedding ceremony may take place in church or any chosen destination within Aruba.
Jewish Weddings can only be officiated if both parties planning to marry are Jewish. If you would like to commit, bring Jewish status certificates from Rabbi (in home country). The posting of a formal petition to notify the Jewish Community in Aruba will be necessary. The wedding ceremony can take place in a synagogue or any chosen destination in Aruba.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. They cannot be related by blood.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Your Embassy can provide you with a Certificate of No Impediment*.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Aruba” in the subject line.
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