What are the Wedding Officiant Registration Requirements in Puerto Rico?
All officiants are required to register with the Demographic Registry Office before performing marriage in Puerto Rico. The Demographic Registry Office is located 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
You will need all of the following in order to successfully register with the Demographic Registry office:
- Your Ministry Credentials (Ordination Certificate & Letter of Good Standing)
- Your Government Issued Photo ID (Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Passport)
- A 2×2 Passport Style Photo of You
- A $25 IRS Stamp or Money Order
- The Couple - Yes, you are required to have the couple with you when registering with the Demographic Registry office.
Follow these 4 steps to register as a wedding officiant in Puerto Rico.
STEP 1ORDER 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.
STEP 2GET YOUR 2x2 PASSPORT STYLE PHOTOS
While you wait for your ministry credentials, get your passport style photos taken. You can do this at most local photocopy 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.
STEP 3GET 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.
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".
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.
STEP 4REGISTER WITH THE DEMOGRAPHIC REGISTRY OFFICE
The last two thing you need are:
- Your Government ID
- The Couple
Coordinate with the couple to meet and register with the Demographics Registry Office, located 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 by the Demographic Registry office. Once your application is approved you will have the authority to officiate weddings 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.
Start Preparing for the Wedding Ceremony
Your next step is to learn how to officiate a wedding ceremony. If you have no experience, you are in good hands. Our Puerto Rico Wedding Officiant Preparation Guide covers all aspects of how to prepare for a wedding ceremony.
PREPARE FOR THE PUERTO RICO WEDDING CEREMONY
You will learn everything from the format for a wedding ceremony, the names of the ceremony parts, how to write a wedding ceremony, and more.
Use Our AMM Wedding Helper
If the process of planning, scripting, and performing a wedding is daunting, then you need our Wedding Helper suite of tools.
We have distilled years of experience into an easy-to-use platform with training materials, quizzes, a personalized ceremony script generator, and tips to prepare you for performing marriage, all accessible through your minister profile.
That’s only the beginning. After the wedding, you can share your wedding on the AMM Wedding Wall with our nationwide network of ministers.