Legal Requirements for Getting Married in St Kitts and Nevis
Allow at least 2-15 days from arrival in St. Kitts/Nevis to wedding date to process paperwork (15 days to obtain a marriage license. For an increased fee, this license can be expedited and available within 2 days from the submitted application). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in St Kitts & Nevis for an authorized translator. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Notarized affidavit that the couple is free to marry (Certificate of No Impediment*-obtained in home country or St. Kitts/Nevis)
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
- Some places of worship may require additional documentation. It is recommended to contact the officiant prior to leaving on your trip, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Some religions may require pre-nuptial counseling and a letter indicating that each party is single and free to marry. Contact your chosen officiant prior to leaving on your trip, permitting time to request the letter from your resident priest, minister, etc.
Catholic ceremonies are only preformed in churches. However, other denominations allow ceremonies to be conducted in the couple’s venue of choice.
- 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.
Take all paperwork to the Registrar in St.Kitts.
*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 St Kitts & Nevis” in the subject line.