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Newly-wed couple on a pier on Grace Bay, Providenciales. Photo by Attimi Photography.

Wedding Legal Requirements

Marriage Licence Requirements

The following are the requirements for obtaining a marriage licence in the Turks and Caicos:

Wedding decorations at Beaches Resort, Providenciales. Photo by Paradise Photography.
  • Valid Passport
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Both parties must be present in the Turks and Caicos Islands for at least 24 hours before the licence application can be made. The ceremony can take place 48 hours after the licence is granted.
  • Proof of marital status.
  • Single - Sworn affidavit is required stating this from the applicant's home country.
  • Divorcee - Divorce Decree, either original or notarized copy sealed by a Court Clerk.
  • Widow/Widower - Death certificate, either an original or notarized copy.
  • In the case of a name change, either Deed Poll or adoption papers.
  • If either party is under 21 years of age, the consent of both parents or guardians is required, in the form of an affidavit stamped by a Notary Public.
  • The marriage cannot be within the prohibited degree of relationship. Cousin-marriage is not prohibited.
  • Letters stating occupation, martial status, age as of last birthday, present address, and father's full name.
  • For church weddings, some ministers may require proof of membership.
  • The parties must produce evidence of arrival date in the Islands, usually in the form of a passport stamp.
  • A licence fee of $100.

A blood test is not necessary. Any documents not in English must be translated and notarized by the applicable consulate.

The licence must be obtained from the Registrar Office before the ceremony can take place. If you have any questions, call the Registrar Office in Providenciales for more information.

The Ceremony

The marriage ceremony can be conducted by a Minister or Justice of the Peace (the Marriage Officer), at a place of your choosing.

To obtain a copy of your marriage certificate, you will need to inform your marriage officer and complete the necessary forms. A copy will then be sent to your home address.

There is no provision for marriages to be registered in the persons' home country, as records are kept in the Turks and Caicos Islands.