Under Cayman law the Governor grants special licenses, and marriages may be performed as soon as applications have been processed. The Deputy Chief Secretary’s office handles applications on Grand Cayman and the District Administration represents the Governor on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Phoning for an appointment usually ensures that processing will take about half an hour.
The couple may choose to bring the required documents to the specified Government office and make the application in person or, working with their marriage officer, they may fill out and sign the form, provide the necessary documents and then turn the process over to the officer for completion.
The required documents are:
- Proof of identity such as an original or certified birth certificate or passport
- Cayman Islands international embarkation/disembarkation card or ship’s boarding pass
- Certified or original copies of divorce decrees/death certificates.
The license must be produced to the marriage officer performing the ceremony and becomes void if not used within three months.
The minimum age of legal marriage is 16; however, anyone under 18 must have consent if he or she has not been married before. Consent can be given by the father or, if the father is deceased, by a lawful guardian. If there is no guardian, an unmarried mother may give consent.
If you are planning a wedding in the Cayman Islands, note that all marriages must be attended by a marriage officer and by two other witnesses. Marriages must take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Live music may not be played on Sunday in places licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
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