Last Updated: October 5th, 2023
10 Essential Facts to Know Before Officiating a Wedding in Puerto Rico
The facts below cover all the important aspects of what requirements you need to meet to be able to legally officiate a wedding ceremony in Puerto Rico.
Who Can Officiate Weddings in Puerto Rico?
This is the relevant exerpt from the New Civil Code of Puerto Rico § 392.
"They can authorize the marriage: (a) Representatives of any religion who are accredited by their congregation to do so; (b) notaries admitted to practice their profession in Puerto Rico; (c) the judges of the General Court of Justice of Puerto Rico; (d) the judges and magistrates of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; and (e) the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit."
Basically, this means that as long as you are ordained through any church, you can officiate weddings.
Are Online Ordinations Recognized in Puerto Rico?
Yes. All online ordained ministers, including those ordained through AMM are recognized in Puerto Rico.
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Is Government Registration Required to Officiate a Wedding in Puerto Rico?
Yes. All officiants must register with the Puerto Rico Demographic Registry Office before they officiate a wedding.
What Office Do I Register with Before Officiating a Wedding in Puerto Rico?
The Demographic Registry Office in Puerto Rico is responsible for officiant registration.
What is the Minimum Legal Age to Officiate a Wedding in Puerto Rico?
All Wedding Officiants in Puerto Rico must be at least 18 years old.
Does my Residency Affect the Registration Process?
No. Your state or country of residence is irrelevant to the officiant registration process in Puerto Rico.
Does the Puerto Rico Government Provide an Application I Need to Complete?
You may need to complete a form at the Demographic Registry Office but they do not provide a form online.
Do I Need to Submit Proof of my Ministry Credentials to the Puerto Rico Government?
Yes. You are required to submit an official copy of your Ministry Credentials to the Demographic Registry Office.
How Much Does the Officiant Registration Process Cost in Puerto Rico?
It will cost you about $25 to register as a wedding officiant in Puerto Rico.
How Long Does it Take to Register as a Wedding Officiant in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico Officiant Registration Step-by-Step Instructions
For a more detailed guide on how to complete the officiant registration process in Puerto Rico, check out our Puerto Rico Officiant Registration page by clicking the button below.
OFFICIANT REGISTRATION GUIDE FOR PUERTO RICO