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Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Turks and Caicos

Allotted time:

Allow at least 6 days from arrival in Turks and Caicos to wedding date to process paperwork (3 days of stay are required and 3 days to process a Marriage License). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.

Necessary legal documents:

Please note: All documents must be submitted in English. Contact the Embassy for an authorized translator. Once translated, these documents must be notarized. We recommend bringing the originals and the English translation.

  • Original birth certificates
  • Valid Passports
  • Notarized affidavits stating that each party is single and free to marry
  • A letter stating each parties:  full name, age, current residential address, occupation, marital status, and father’s full name.
  • Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
  • Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor, 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 Turkes and Caicos.

Religious ceremonies may require proof of membership or counseling. Contact the officiant of your faith, prior to leaving on your trip for further details.

  • Age and Relation

The bride and groom must be at least 21 years of age. If underage, notarized parental consent is necessary. The minimum age with parental consent is 16 years age. The couple cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.

  • Witnesses

Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.

  • Registry

Plan to stay 72 hours in Turks and Caicos prior to applying for a Marriage License. This waiting period is mandatory.

Once the waiting period has been met, an authorized Marriage Officer must take all paperwork to the  in Grand Turk or Providenciales. It can take 2-3 days to process this paperwork prior to the issue of a Marriage License. Keep this in mind for selecting the date of the ceremony.

Marriage certificate:

  • The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. The bride and groom will be given the Certificate of Marriage from the religious officiate of their choice.
  • Your Marriage Officer will provide the necessary forms to request a copy of your Certificate of Marriage.
  • The Certificate of Marriage will take 2-3 weeks to process. It will be mailed to your current residential address that you included in your original paperwork.
  • The newlyweds will need to register their marriage in their home country upon return home.

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 Turks & Caicos” in the subject line.

Registrar Office, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tel: +649 946 2800