Step 1 GET ORDAINED WITH AMERICAN MARRIAGE MINISTRIES
Getting Ordained with American Marriage Ministries is your first step towards performing marriage in Puerto Rico. American Marriage Ministries is the only IRS Certified 501c3 Non-Profit that offers online ordinations. Getting ordained with AMM is free, quick, and easy!
Beyond ordination we provide all the information and resources you need to learn how to prepare for and officiate weddings. Whether it is your minister registration requirements, learning how to write a wedding ceremony script, or making sure you understand your legal responsibilities when completing the marriage license, we have you covered!
We welcome people of all walks of life. As long as you have a sincere desire to bring communities together through marriage, it is not important to us if you are religious or non-religious, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor. Ordination as an AMM minister is about celebrating our commonalities.
As a Minister of American Marriage Ministries we encourage you to officiate weddings that reflect the values and beliefs of you and the couple. With over 670,928 Ordained Ministers and hundreds of thousands of successful weddings, what are you waiting for?
Apply For Ordination!
Step 2 PUERTO RICO MINISTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
ALL MINISTERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH THE DEMOGRAPHIC REGISTRY OFFICE
Before performing marriage anywhere in Puerto Rico, you must first register with the Demographic Registry Office in Old San Juan. The registration process is somewhat byzantine and will require some effort from you and the couple.
Below are detailed instructions on how to register as a wedding officiant with the Puerto Rico Demographic Registry office.
HOW TO REGISTER WITH THE DEMOGRAPHIC REGISTRY OFFICE
In order to successfully register with the Demographic Registry office, you will have to provide them with the following:
1. Your Ministry Credentials (Ordination Certificate & Letter of Good Standing)
2. Your Government Issued Photo ID (Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Passport)
3. A 2×2 Passport Style Photo of You
4. A $25 IRS Stamp or Money Order
5. The Couple*
* Yes, you are required to have the couple with you when registering with the Demographic Registry office.
HOW TO RECEIVE YOUR MINISTRY CREDENTIALS
Order your Puerto Rico Minister Ordination Package to receive your official Ministry Credentials. Included is your Ordination Certificate and Letter of Good Standing. Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer, dated, and notarized. Both of these documents satisfy the requirement demonstrating your status as an ordained minister to the Demographic Registry office.
Your Minister Ordination Package also includes your AMM Minister's Manual, a valuable resource for minister registration and wedding training.
HOW TO GET YOUR 2x2 PASSPORT STYLE PHOTOS
You should be able to obtain your passport style photos at most local copy shops. Our recommendation is to do a Google search for "passport photos near me". We recommend purchasing at least 2 copies in case you need a backup.
HOW TO PAY YOUR $25 OFFICIANT FILING FEE
The $25 IRS Stamp is a vestigial aspect of American colonial bureaucracy. Up until a few years ago it was the only way to pay your officiant registration filing fee. The Demographic Registry office now allows you to also pay with a money order. We will cover both methods of payment below.
HOW TO PAY YOUR FEE WITH A MONEY ORDER
The Demographic Registry office now allows you to pay by Money Order. To do this you simply need to get a Money Order in the amount of $25 made out to the "Puerto Rico Demographic Registry Office".
HOW TO PAY YOUR FEE WITH AN IRS STAMP
Getting your $25 IRS Stamp requires you to take a trip to the IRS office in San Juan:
Departamento de Hacienda
10 Paseo Covadonga
San Juan PR 00901
You can purchase your $25 IRS Stamp with cash or any major credit cards.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE DEMOGRAPHIC REGISTRY OFFICE
At this point you should have everything you need to register with the Demographic Registry office. Now you must bring everything, including the couple, to the Demographics Registry Office at:
500 Ochoa Bld Tanca St
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
We recommend that you and the couple show up when their office opens. It can take several hours for your application to be reviewed and approved. The sooner you get there, the sooner you can complete your registration.
If you have further questions about your officiant registration process we recommend that you contact the Demographic Registry office at:
Extensions: 2402, 2406, and 2415
APPROVAL OF YOUR OFFICIANT APPLICATION
Provided there are no complications, your application should take no more than a few hours to be approved.
Once your application is approved you will have the authority to perform marriage in Puerto Rico!
AN ALTERNATIVE TO REGISTRATION WITH THE DEMOGRAPHIC REGISTRY OFFICE
We understand that the officiant registration process in Puerto Rico can be logistically difficult for some couples. Puerto Rico is a beautiful wedding destination and we encourage couples to go there to get married. We also understand that the registration requirements may preclude Puerto Rico as a wedding destination.
There is a solution where you can have the wedding in Puerto Rico without having to jump through the legal hoops.
The couple can file for their marriage license in their state of residence. You will have to observe whatever registration requirements (if any) are required in that state. You can then complete the marriage license with the couple and required witnesses. Then you or the couple returns the marriage license to its issuance office. This satisfies all the legal aspects of the wedding.
With all the legal components of the wedding taken care of, the couple can have their destination wedding in Puerto Rico without having to deal with the local regulations.
Step 3 LEARN HOW TO OFFICIATE WEDDINGS
Chances are good this will be the first wedding you officiate. This undertaking may seem daunting and we are here to guide you through the process. The Wedding Training section of our site will teach you how to officiate weddings like a pro.
We break down the process of preparing for officiating a wedding into simple, easy-to-follow steps. We start with explaining the structure of a wedding ceremony and provide sample wedding ceremonies to help you get an idea of what other people have written.
Once you have the first draft of your wedding ceremony script written, you can follow our guide on officiant best practices for advice on how to polish and practice reading your ceremony script.
ASKED TO OFFICIATE | OFFICIANT TRAINING MANUAL
If you are interested in a thorough resource that covers everything you could ever possibly want to know about officiating a wedding ceremony, we recommend purchasing a copy of our book Asked To Officiate. Originally written by two career wedding officiants, Asked To Officiate draws on their decades of experience officiating hundreds of wedding ceremonies.
Asked To Officiate is also included in our Signature Wedding Officiant Package. This package covers all the bases, including your Ministry Credentials, a Wedding Stole, Asked To Officiate, and your Minister's Manual.
Step 4 OFFICIATE THE WEDDING!
By this point you should be fully prepared to officiate the wedding. Have a fun and memorable wedding ceremony! After you have conducted the wedding you have one last and very important job… to complete the marriage license for the couple.
COMPLETING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
This is your one legal responsibility. Fortunately, it is also an easy task to fulfill. Completing the marriage license simply involves completing your portion of the license and signing it with the couple in the presence of any required witnesses. That's it!
We understand that you want to do everything correctly. That’s why you are the officiant! If you want to know more about what fields you may have to complete on the marriage license and what you should write, check out our Wedding Officiant Guidelines for Completing Marriage Licenses.
RETURNING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
After the marriage license is completed it must be returned to its issuance office. This is usually the responsibility of the couple though some states require this to be done by the minister. When the couple receives their marriage license it should also come with instructions as to who must return it and how.
Different states have different deadlines that dictate when the completed marriage license must be returned, so make sure that this duty be done as soon as possible. In most states this is as easy as mailing the marriage license back to the county clerk. Below is more information about Puerto Rico marriage licenses.
PUERTO RICO MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION
Prior to the wedding ceremony it is the couple’s responsibility to file for their marriage license. The marriage license issuance office is usually located at the county courthouse. Your job as the wedding officiant is to sign and complete your section of the license. Once the marriage license is completed and returned to the office where it was issued, the marriage is recorded and made legal.
Marriage License Issuance Office
Marriage License Fee
Marriage License Waiting Period
Marriage License Expiration
Marriage License Return
Within 10 Days from Wedding
What Does Marriage License Waiting Period, Expiration, and Return Mean?