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Legal Requirements For Getting Married In St. Maarten

Couples planning on getting married in St. Maarten must be at least 18 years of age and their request must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the scheduled ceremony to be conducted by the Registrar.  The following notarized original documents must be submitted to the Registrar with the request:

Each party must provide a full abridged birth certificate to prove the legality of the document. The document should be provided with an Apostille stamp which can be obtained at the Secretary of State’s office in the various states in the U.S. In Canada, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Consulate have to legalize the document.

Unmarried parties must present a declaration of marital status which is not more than 3 months old.

The address of each party must be furnished.

If either person is not of Dutch nationality, a valid passport is required.

Written permission of the parents is required for minors.

If either party is divorced, they must present a divorce certificate or a final judgment decree.

A party who is a widow or widower must present a death certificate of the deceased spouse.

Furnish the names of 6 witnesses if the marriage is performed outside of the Marriage Hall. Non-Dutch witnesses must present a valid passport or a birth certificate with a picture I.D.

Provide the professions of the bride and groom and of their parents.

Provide the date and place of birth of each parent.

Provide the names of the parents of each party and the maiden names of the mothers.

Original documents other than Dutch or English need to be translated into the Dutch language (i.e., a French or Spanish document must be translated into Dutch, not English).