to a recent change in the law, non-resident couples can now have
their wedding ceremonies performed here ... and begin their honeymoons
right away. Until this year, the island's nineteenth-century
civil code forbade non-resident marriages.
Couples planning to get married on St. Maarten
must be at least 18 years old and must request a temporary tourist
permit from the Lieutenant Governor. (The permit may not exceed
three months.) The couple must also submit birth certificates,
valid return tickets to their country of origin or another destination
outside the Netherlands Antilles. Divorced persons may remarry
in St. Maarten but should provide appropriate papers indicating
a valid divorce certificate. (Divorced women may remarry after
306 days have passed.) All these documents must be translated into
Dutch by an official translator or a notary public, in which case
the notary's signature, stamp and seal must be included.
the request has been approved, there is a 14-day waiting period
before the ceremony can be performed. Marriages can be contracted
on Tuesdays through Thursdays for approximately US$102, on Fridays
for approximately US$113, and Saturdays for approximately US$204.
A local clergyman can then perform the ceremony at Philipsburg's
The written request for the temporary tourist
permit and all supporting documents should be mailed to:
Philipsburg, St. Maarten N.A.
We strongly recommend you also fax the Lt. Governor